Today marks the first day of the Lunar New Year. Also referred to as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, today marks the first appearance of the new moon on the current lunar calendar. Although often thought of as a strictly Chinese tradition, the fact is that this celebration happens all over the world. 2021 is the Year of the Ox. (What that means sounds vaguely complicated, so if you really want to know more, here’s a good CNN resource for more information on the ox thing.) Traditions and superstitions are rich during the event, which has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. One such superstition is that it is considered bad luck to sweep your floors on the first day of the Lunar New Year, lest you should sweep away your good fortune. This event culminates with the bright and colorful Lantern Festival, which this year falls on February 26th.
Speaking of fortune, the other thing that starts today is the IRS tax season. Two facts about this tax season is that it is shorter, as the deadline for most taxpayers is still April 15, so don’t put it off. The other fact is that recent tax laws have changed immensely, so don’t trust just anyone with your taxes. I am certified and up to date on the most current tax laws. Please call or make an appointment with me today to help you find your happy tax place.

Lunar New Year begins