Kung Hey Fat Choy

Posted on: 20 January 2012 by Shopaholic 50connect

A very prosperous Chinese New Year of the Dragon.

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/32002/landscape_large.jpg?1325780426Chinese New Year is on the 23rd January this year, here is a quick guide to provide a little insight into the tradition, culture and of course, the animal zodiac of the Chinese New Year.

In the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. People born in these years (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and, of course, 2012) are said to be passionate and helpful, yet stubborn, possess high quality and potential for great accomplishment. They can also be innovative, enterprising, self-assured, brave and quick-tempered, though.

Dragons like to spend money and are charitable to others. Dragons are idealists and perfectionists; they demand a lot and they live a lot. They make good artists, diplomats, priests and politicians. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster and less with Dog. 

Famous people born in the Year of the Dragon include Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Sigmund Freud, Mae West, John Lennon, Bruce Lee, Salvador Dali, Shirley Temple, Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Russell Crowe and Nicolas Cage. 

The key theme of Chinese New Year is renewal; the chance to start afresh, for reconciliation and reunion. Some of the traditions and rituals of Chinese New Year are:

  • A Clean House – Spring cleaning away the bad things from last year;
  • Debt – Settle all debts before the year ends (easier to say than done);
  • New Clothes – To symbolise a time for change and presenting a good appearance (red is the colour and no to black and white);
  • Avoid Taboo Words – Words for death, sickness or bad luck must not be spoken;
  • Red and Firecrackers – The colour red signifies good luck and joy and the sound of firecrackers is a sign of life, warding off evil and bad luck. Money in red packets (or 'lai-see') is given to children and those who are not married;
  • Chinese New Year Foods – It's not New Year without foods that some foods are symbolic with fortune in Chinese language such as:-
  • Fish (sounds like 'surplus'), Seaweed (sounds like 'wealth'), Oyster (sounds like 'good business') and
  • New Year Cake (sounds like 'a progressive year').
  • Animal Signs – Comprising twelve animals in a rotating cycle, the animal that represents the year in which you were born has a profound influence on your life and personality. 
     

Animal

Year of Birth

Rat

1924

1936

1948

1960

1972

1984

1996

2008

Ox

1925

1937

1949

1961

1973

1985

1997

2009

Tiger

1926

1938

1950

1962

1974

1986

1998

2010

Rabbit

1927

1939

1951

1963

1975

1987

1999

2011

Dragon

1928

1940

1952

1964

1976

1988

2000

2012

Snake

1929

1941

1953

1965

1977

1989

2001

2013

Horse

1930

1942

1954

1966

1978

1990

2002

2014

Goat

1931

1943

1955

1967

1979

1991

2003

2015

Monkey

1932

1944

1956

1968

1980

1992

2004

2016

Rooster

1933

1945

1957

1969

1981

1993

2005

2017

Dog

1934

1946

1958

1970

1982

1994

2006

2018

Pig

1935

1947

1959

1971

1983

1995

2007

2019

 

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Snake: Meticulous, agile and adaptable, but high tempered. Able to get along with everyone. The Rooster and Ox are your best signs but not Ox;

 

 

 

 

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Horse: Strong, enthusiastic, generous with money and good at socializing. Wed a Tiger but never a Rat;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31997/square_small.jpg?1325779399Goat: Refined and loyal, persevering and patient, rather timid and prefer to work step by step. Compatible with rabbit but not the Ox;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31993/square_small.jpg?1325779368Monkey: Intelligent, quick-witted and adaptable, yet impatient and restless and enjoy being in the limelight. Seek a Dragon or Rat for good but never a Tiger;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31999/square_small.jpg?1325779417Rooster: Reliable, independent and devoted to work. Enjoy hearing praises but do not take criticism too well. Snake and Ox are friends, stay away from Rabbit;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31990/square_small.jpg?1325779276Dog: Honest and with integrity, full of sense of justice and always stand up for friends. It is your drawback to trust others easily. Seek a Horse or Tiger. Avoid Dragon;

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31995/square_small.jpg?1325779383Pig: Self-confident, full of vigour and determination. Fit in leadership role effortlessly but not very flexible in thinking. Avoid other Ox. Wed a Rabbit or Sheep;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31998/square_small.jpg?1325779408Rat: Swift and intelligent, adaptable to new environments. Willing to trust people and tend to be cheated easily. Seek a Dragon or Monkey, least compatible with Horse;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31994/square_small.jpg?1325779376Ox: Inspring, bright and patient but egoistic. Can be happy even by yourself. Wed a Snake or Rooster and make an outstanding parent. Sheep will bring troubles;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/32001/square_small.jpg?1325779434Tiger: Determinded, aggressive and selfish, having craving for success. Horse and Dog are companions, but not Monkey;

 

 

 

 

http://owl-group-staging.s3.amazonaws.com/upload_datas/31996/square_small.jpg?1325779391Rabbit: Talented, honest and gentile, yet sometimes can be indecisive and passive. Wed a Sheep or Ox. Rooster is your opposite.

 

 

 

 

That's all folks! Kung Hey Fat Choy and..........

Don't forget to join in the celebrations with your local Chinese community around the country especially those areas with large Chinese population such as London (the largest event outside China, with celebrations in Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, 29th January), Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The celebrations are either on the Chinese New Year Day (23rd January) or the following Sunday which is 29th January 2011 so that more people can enjoy the festive activities of Dragon and Lion Dance, Arts and Crafts, Martial Arts and Kung Fu, Chinese music, delicious Chinese delicacies and many more.

Happy Chinese New year of the Dragon!

The Shopaholic

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