Lunar New Year: Is 2023 the Year of the Rabbit or the Year of the Cat? – BBC News Brazil

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With over 1.5 billion people celebrating the Lunar New Year this weekend, customs and traditions inevitably vary between the communities and countries that celebrate the date.

Even different cultures disagree on what the new zodiac sign should be. The Chinese welcome the Year of the Rabbit. But in Vietnam it’s the Year of the Cat. But in the end, who is right?

“I’m happy to see the difference being noticed,” says Dr. Nguyen Phuong Mai, researcher in the fields of intercultural communication and prejudice management.

Nguyen is a Dutch-Vietnamese diversity scholar based in Australia. She recently returned to Hanoi to see her family on Tet, the Vietnamese term for the Lunar New Year.

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