Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) (新年 Xīnnián | 春节 Chūnjié) is one of the most important festivals for Chinese people. It is celebrated not only in China but also in many other countries where either the lunar calendar is used or where a large Chinese or Chinese-speaking population live, such as in Vietnam, Korea, and many Asean countries. It marks the first day of the lunar calendar and signifies a new beginning. Each new year is characterized by one of the twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. This year is the Year of the Ox, which symbolizes strength and determination.