To bring you the best luck for the year ahead, there are a few things you
should do on New Year's Day. Superstition says you shouldn’t wash your
hair because it can also wash away your good fortune. You should wear red
as a symbol of happiness and longevity. You also shouldn’t use knives. It’s
believed the metal can cut off your good fortune, so prep your food ahead of time!
Happy New Year!
Did you know the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar? Because of this it falls on a different date every year. This year the year starts with the new moon on Saturday January 25th, 2020 and ends with the new moon on February 11, 2021. Chinese New Year is unique because each year is represented by 1 of 12 animals and 1 of 5 elements/colors. Year 2020 is the Year of the Metal/White Rat. This year is extra special because the rat is the first symbol in a new 12 year lunar cycle. Since the element is metal, it is also the start of a new 60 year cycle, which is considered the beginning of a new era. It is a year for new decisions and new possibilities! The Chinese believe the rat is clever, charming adaptable, and witty. This is a good year for finding love and earning money! Because of the metal element, it may be colder than average in the fall and winter. Make sure you bundle up and eat warm, easy to digest foods to keep yourself healthy. Overall it should be a strong, prosperous and lucky year full of creative energy!
To find get a sneak peak at how the new year will shape up you can check out your horoscope: https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/horoscope-2020/
And if you’re looking for a very in depth forecast check out Lillian Bridges: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0914/1204/files/Year_of_the_Rat_Forecast.pdf?54
Recommit to Your New Year’s Resolutions
The Chinese do not traditionally make New Year’s Resolutions like we do in the west, however this is a good time to reflect on the goals you set a month ago. This year it’s especially important since it’s the start of a new 12 year cycle. It is a time for new beginnings, so is a perfect time to set goals that will bring prosperity and health this year and in the years to come.
If you are having trouble with your resolutions, take a quiet moment and reflect on what is stopping you. Do you need to get serious? Do you need additional support? Are your goals genuine—do you want to do them or do you think you should do them? Why haven’t you kept your New Year’s Resolutions? Use the Chinese lunar New Year as a do-over and set yourself up for a great year ahead!
Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Happy New Year!
Chinese Lunar New Year: A Spring Festival Celebration!
In China, the Lunar New Year is more than one day celebration. The Spring Festival lasts 15 days and is China’s longest and most important holiday. It’s a time for celebration, visiting family and friends, giving gifts and preparing for the year ahead.
On New Year’s Eve families gather for a huge meal and enjoy “lucky” foods together. To let out the old year you should open your doors and windows at midnight (just don’t forget to close them!) And of course there are lots of fireworks to welcome in the New Year. On New Year’s Day (Jan25) the celebration continues with lion dances, dragon dances, and martial arts demonstrations.
Ringing in the Lunar New Year!
There are many New Year’s traditions during the 15-day Spring Festival.
Many people clean their homes to sweep away the past year and usher in
the next. To bring good look they decorate with red lanterns, door god
designs, and images of the astrological animal, which for this year is the
white rat. Oftentimes family members travel home for a visit. Children
receive red envelopes, called hóngbāo (in Mandarin) filled with money from