I’m a bit confused, this year it seems like everyone is referring to the “Lunar New Year” happening a couple days ago. I haven’t heard this usage for Chinese New Year before. I can’t say it makes much sense to me since you can pick any set of lunar months approximating a year to be your new year. It would make more sense if Chinese tradition had produced the only well known lunar (well, lunisolar) calendar, but, notably, Muslims (lunar) and especially notably to Americans*, Jews (lunisolar), have such calendars as well.
My guess is that it’s because a lot of East Asian countries such as Korea, Mongolia, and Viet Nam celebrate similar holidays that usually fall on the same day so we find it a bit gauche to say it’s “Chinese.” But if that were the case, I would’ve expected a bit more of a media mention about it in the last few years changing peoples’ behavior. I’m finding a few articles here and there mentioning the fact, but very few things telling people to favor “Lunar New Year”.
So where did this come from all of a sudden? Did this happen before and I just never noticed?
Whatever the reason, it’s not a problem, usage and terminology changes; it’s just that I noticed it this year when I haven’t before. Google N-Grams tells me that I may be imagining things, or just had a fluke in my social media sphere, because they’re both growing at the same rate they always have and Chinese New Year (case insensitive) wins by a huge margin, but I figured I’d ask.
- Both because of Jews being well known and integrated into the American consciousness, and because Easter is computed in relation to Passover which is in turn 15 Nisan on the lunisolar Hebrew calendar.