Seasons change, but there are many overlapping seasons and experiences. Chinese New Year is also known as the lunar new year, and falls later than the new year celebrated on 1st January, based on the Gregorian calendar.
For me, the later date seems more apt a start to the new year. Spring is starting to show itself more as the year progresses and the vibrant green of new life is becoming more common.
Different people celebrate the changing seasons in different ways: champagne toasts or exchanging gifts; first footing or eating specific foods. Customs and rituals revolve around encouraging health, wealth and happiness in the coming year.
We all want chances to start again. We all have the chance to start a new year whenever we want to.