Lunar New Year

CHINESE NEW YEAR GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Marking the first day of the year of the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese Spring Festival or Lunar New Year follows a tradition dating back more than 4,000 years. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. It is a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors.

 

People from different regions and different ethnic groups celebrate the holiday in their unique ways. In Vietnam, Tet or Vietnamese New Year ”Feast for the First Morning of the First Day” is celebrated on the same day as the Chinese Spring Festival and celebrates the arrival of spring.

The Chinese Spring Festival traditionally starts on the first day of the month and continues until the fifteenth, when the moon is the brightest. In the Western/ Gregorian calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between January 21 and February 20.

 

The 2017 Lunar New Year is celebrated on January 28, 2017.

CHINESE ZODIAC

The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year time cycle, where each year in that cycle is represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Beginning with the Rat, the Chinese zodiac continues with the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and lastly the Pig. The selection and order of the twelve animals originated in the Han Dynasty (206-220), where it was believed that based upon each animal’s character and living habits had an influence on people’s lives.

 

The Chinese zodiac is derived according to the ancient Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing), which is a conceptual scheme used to explain a wide array of phenomena. The relations between the five elements are believed to be the common law of the motions and changes of the creatures in the universe. Different people born under each animal sign have different personalities. The “Five Phases” are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.

 

The Fire Rooster is an extremely strong willed and proactive person. They have many leadership qualities and are excellent organizers which is always visible in their workplace. They have the ability to go very far in their workplace as long as they are able to overcome their shyness.

 

The Fire Rooster is able to handle big tasks very well and is very good at multi-tasking. The Fire Rooster can be quite shy at times and will appear reserved and would benefit from trying to be more confident; by doing so, they would have the ability to succeed beyond their expectations.

 

The Rooster has a flamboyant and colorful personality and is thorough in all they do. They are always organized and like to plan their various activities well in advance. They are usually highly intelligent and very well read with a good sense of humor  They love discussion and enjoy taking part in debates. They have no hesitation in saying what is on their mind. Roosters should try to avoid acting on the spur of the moment as they have a very volatile nature. They are capable of accumulating a considerable sum of money throughout their life.

 

Roosters always seem to have a notebook or scraps of paper with them, they are constantly writing notes and reminders. The Rooster is usually very ambitious, but can be unrealistic in some of what they hope to achieve. They have a very active imagination and do not like any interference from other people although it would be in their best interests to take advice from others every now and again. They can be quite self centered and stubborn over minor things although they are very reliable, honest and trustworthy to compensate for this.