Year of the Rat : 2020

Welcome to Thursday -and my start of Chinese New Year post.

Every year on my blog I share my family celebration of family ,food and funToday the history and some background as we get read for Jan 25 th Chinese New Year ! Lisa Jung

What is Chinese New Year?

This important date on the Chinese calendar has been celebrated for many centuries. During the festivities ancestors are honoured and traditional ceremonies are held where people get together and welcome the new year with customs that shall bring good luck, good fortune, wealth, prosperity and happiness.

Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25 in 2020, and Friday, February 12 in 2021.

The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21. Thus, each time the New Year in China falls on different dates of the usual Gregorian calendar, between January 21 and February 20

The main Chinese New Year activities i

  • 1. Chinese New Year Decorations — Lucky Red Items
  • Chinese New Year’s Eve — Family Time
  • Firecrackers and Fireworks at Chinese New Year
  • Chinese New Year Gifts and Red Envelopes

Lunar New Year Wishes

People wish each other good luck, happiness and wealth for the new year. The words used most in good wishes are: happiness, wealth, prosperity, prosperous, auspicious

‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ means ‘Have a prosperous new year’

Chinese zodiac

 Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture, and can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatability, career fit, best times to have a baby, and so much more.

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.https://chinesenewyear.net/

What’s Your Zodiac Animal?

The Chinese calendar is about one month behind our (so called Gregorian) calendar as it has between 30 and 50 more days per year. And the Chinese zodiac calendar has a cycle of 12 years. The calendar was started on astronomical observations of the moon’s phases.

Each zodiac animal’s year comes around every 12 years, and each year is associated with a zodiac animal. The most recent zodiac sign years are shown below.

Each Chinese zodiac animal has personality traits assigned to it by the ancient Chinese. Chinese people believe these traits will be embodied in people, according to their zodiac sign.

Zodiac AnimalRecent YearsPersonality Traits
Rat1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind
Ox1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021Diligent, dependable, strong, determined
Tiger1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022Brave, confident, competitive
Rabbit1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible
Dragon1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic
Snake1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025Enigmatic, intelligent, wise
Horse1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026Animated, active, energetic
Goat1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027Calm, gentle, sympathetic
Monkey1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028Sharp, smart, curiosity
Rooster1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029Observant, hardworking, courageous
Dog1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030Lovely, honest, prudent
Pig1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031Compassionate, generous, diligent

Want to learn more https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/

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