Happy Lunar New Year!

That’s right it’s New Year again, Chinese Lunar New Year is time!

Another chance to celebrate, reflect and plan the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, the Fire Rooster to be exact!

This year, Lunar New Years Eve is January 27th,  the start of the new moon.  Saturday, January 28th is the official start of the Lunar New Year – The New Spring!  Celebrations typically last around two weeks, making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar.  The festivities are scheduled through February 2.

The Chinese calendar is lunisolar which is influenced by the moon and the sun.

But what is a Fire Rooster?

Every 12 years there is a Rooster year, beginning at Chinese New Year.   A year of the Rooster always comes after a Monkey year and before a Dog year.

Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements:

  • Gold (Metal)
  • Wood
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Earth

According to the Chinese horoscope, people born under the sign of the Rooster are an entertaining bunch. They strive to be the center of attention.  Roosters are known to strut and preen for a crowd until they get everyone’s attention.   Those born under the sign of Fire Rooster are considered trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.  Those born under the sign of Fire Rooster make great team leaders.
One of the easy ways to hurt a Rooster’s feelings is to ignore him or her and pretend not to notice his or her sharp clothes or how smart he or she is.  That will really get them going!
More: http://www.gotohoroscope.com/chinese-year/fire-rooster.html

How can you celebrate Lunar New Year?

On New Year’s Day, families gather, clean their houses and sweep away bad fortune.  Sounds like a great time to clean out that closet and dump those things weighing you down.

Families also stuff red envelopes with “lucky money” that are given to children, along with written wishes for their kids to grow up healthy.

It’s a wonderful tradition you can start this year – click on the envelopes below order a set of 8 envelopes!  Just remember the bills have to be fresh and crisp, right from the bank – New Money for a New Year!

The Chinese New Year has also been touched by the digital age.   Online apps offering digital red envelope for people to exchange cyber money have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years.   WeChat”, a mobile messenger app combining the functionalities of WhatsApp, Skype, and Facetime, is enormously popular in China with 840 million users, the majority in China.   There are, however, security concerns for anyone looking to utilize WeChat for sending red envelopes. WeChat operates in China under Chinese law, which includes strong censorship provisions and interception protocols. WeChat contains the ability to access the text messages and contact books of its users and users’ locations through the GPS feature.  So proceed with caution if you join WeChat.

You could also decorate your home with red paper cutouts, banners, and special New Year paintings during the festive period. Because this is the year of the “Fire” Rooster, you will see many different Rooster themed decorations.

Get or give a Kumquat tree!  Kumquat trees are a very popular plant symbolizing both wealth and good luck.

Whether you celebrate or not, may your Lunar New Year be filled with Health, Wealth, Success and Love.