It goes without saying that Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is the most important date in the Chinese lunar calendar. Not only is Chinese New Year the most important festival, it is also the longest festival, lasting 15 days – the entire duration of a lunar phase.
The Chinese lunar calendar itself is an extremely complicated creation, and it is based on lunar phases, equinoxes and solstices. Once upon a time the Emperor of Heaven, the Jade Emperor, decided that there should be a way of measuring time. The other animals also have their own stories of course, each about how they got to the finish line. Being a generally superstitious culture, the Chinese believe that if the first day of the New Year did not start out on the right foot, things would go disastrously wrong for the rest of the year. Nian (if he ever existed before), has probably died of old age now, but the traditions from long ago are still incorporated till today. Other than that, some families may hire a lion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises. Since Chinese New Year’s eve and the whole first day of Chinese New Year was spent visiting the father’s side of the family, the second day has been rightfully dedicated to the mother’s side. The last day of Chinese New Year is known as ‘Chap Goh Meh’, when translated means: ‘Fifteenth Night’. If this is the first time you are hearing about Chinese New Year, then you definitely need to come check it out for yourself. Kek Lok Si temple in Penang will also hold its own celebration, lasting for 33 days starting a few days before Chinese New Year to a few days after. Around the same area, just a little way down from Esplanade or Penang City Hall, there will be a government held celebration as well on a few of the more famous streets like Armenien street, Chulia Stree and Ah Quee Street.
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According to a Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years.
The rat and the cat quickly jumped up and were very excited when the ox soon took the lead in the race.
The poor ox had been tricked into second place and the second year of the horoscope was named after him. Just as he was thinking the horse would be the next animal to arrive, a sneaky snake wriggled out from around one of the horse’s hooves. Now there was one place left in the horoscope and the Emperor wondered when the last winner would come. As for the cat who had been pushed into the water by the rat, he finally crawled out of the water but was too late to have a year named after him. From that day to this Chinese Astrology has followed this cycle of years named after these twelve animals. CORA WEN grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Asia and the West, and took refuge in the Buddha as a teen. During the celebrations, entire households spend a small fortune just on festivities alone.
This is because the entire celebration itself adheres to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated on the first day of the first month of the first year. He then initiated a race across a river – the first 12 animals to cross the river would then have the honor of being in the zodiac calendar. This is why many Chinese households adhere to strict traditions, to dispel bad luck and bring in prosperity instead. The story of Chinese New Year is an interesting one, and it explains many of the rituals and symbols used today. Rituals and taboos are so abundant during this period that from now on let’s proceed according to the chronology. Lucky foods include oranges, and they are purchased by the crates as they are considered to attract wealth.
The whole house from top to bottom will be cleaned thoroughly, from the windows and walls to the roof.
On this day, extended families (from the father’s side) will gather for a family reunion dinner.
Traditionally, it was the only time where brides could visit their birth parents, relatives and friends. Therefore it is unwise to leave your house for too long in case ‘Cai Shen Ye’ decides to pay a visit. It is also known as the lantern festival, where everyone lights candles to guide the wayward sprits home. The highly charged atmosphere of the whole celebration cannot be justified in writing alone – nothing can compare to receiving your first red packet (with real money!), cheering on the Lion Dance Troupe, or even being playfully nudged by the lion himself.
A total of 200,000 lightbulbs and 10,000 lanterns will be lit up to shed light on this century-old temple. For people who like cultural or heritage sites, this is the place to go for you to make the best of both worlds because Georgetown has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage City. This is a comprehensive yet compact discussion of what is in store for the twelve animal zodiac signs as per Chinese astrology in the year 2016. In the event that any obstacle came in your way, you will have the capacity to surpass it effectively.
This is the time when you must make arrangement the way that would help you reach your objective.
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In the Chinese horoscope, the five elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, which make up all matter, are combined with the twelve animal signs of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig to form the sixty year cycle. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish. The first twelve animals across the fast flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year of the horoscope named after them.


They had almost reached the other bank when the rat pushed the cat into the river leaving him to struggle in the water. Swimming across the river had been an enormous struggle for him against the strong currents. He hopped across on some stepping stones and then found a floating log which carried him to the shore. The horse was so surprised that he jumped backwards giving the snake a chance to take the sixth place in the race.
He said the goat would be the eighth horoscope animal, the monkey the ninth and the rooster the tenth. An international childhood growing up in Hong Kong and Indonesia, Switzerland, Australia and the US, has instilled the spirit of a travelling adventurer.
Businesses and other forms of work stop and everyone sets aside for at least 3 days to join in the celebrations. Even with the diffusion of the Gregorian calendar into the Chinese culture, Chinese people still use the lunar calendar to determine other important festivals as well as auspicious dates (for marriage, childbirth and the like). Because its system is totally different from the Gregorian system, Chinese New Year does not happen on the same day every year.
For example, people born in the year of the rat will be quick-witted, enterprising and selfish; people born in the year of the ox will be friendly, genuine and apathetic. However, not all is grim and dreary – Chinese New Year is actually more of a joyous occasion than anything else. At the end of every year, Nian would satisfy his hunger by eating humans – he had a special appetite for children.
We will start a few weeks before Chinese New Year, because the preparations are just as important as the event itself. Pineapples are another fruit that is well received during Chinese New Year because its Chinese name literally translates to mean ‘Come, good luck’. This is because families aren’t allowed to sweep the house for the whole period of Chinese New Year. This dinner usually takes place in the grandparent’s house or the house of the most senior person in the family. Business and shops normally reopen on that day and it is no longer considered bad luck to sweep the house. Crowds of people, families, and children will also walk the street with lanterns…it really is a sight when watched from a bird’s eye view.
In Malaysia, the best place for experiencing Chinese New Year will undoubtedly be in Georgetown, Penang.
This is also the opportunity for you to photograph some of the famous street arts by renown street artist, Ernest Zacharevic. Hitched ones may confront a few issues with their life partner in the first phase of the year. You shouldn't feel remorseful about any broken relationship; simply survey the things like a third individual and do what is needed. In the event that you need to charm somebody, simply act naturally in light of the fact that you are enchanting. Yet while there may not be many outward manifestations of change, there will be plenty of activity beneath the surface.
The Chinese horoscope is partly legend and partly an ancient system of viewing the heaven and earth and all that moves through it.
Then just before the ox was about to win the race the rat leapt on his head and on to the bank to finish first. After sowing wild oats in New York City in the 70s with rockers Deborah Harry and Patti Smith, she had careers in fashion and banking. The year of 2013 happens to be the year of the snake, and its characteristics include being acute, cunning and proud. It is the time where the entire extended family gets together, the time for everyone to buy new clothes, the time to eat good food, and also the time to improve relationships with family and friends. People feared this beast the most because every time he came out, whole villages would be destroyed at a time.
Preparations for Chinese New Year start way before the actual date as this is the time where families start buying items that contain good fortune and prosperity to decorate the house.
Other than that, ‘Nian Gao’ (a sticky sweetish substance) is popular because it can also mean ‘Nian Nian Zhang Gao’, translated to mean ‘to grow bigger and taller every year’.
Dinner includes all the ‘lucky foods’ mentioned above and will usually comprise of all the favorite dishes of the family.
In Malaysia and Indonesia, this night is also dedicated to young ladies searching for a suitable love partner.
Also, if you enjoying driving hard bargains and deals, this is the time for you to scout around as items are all on sales and promotions at almost any shops. Amid this year, your ability in the area of your work will offer you some assistance with growing amazingly. On the off chance that you need concordance in wedded life, begin regarding the perspectives of your life partner.
In the event that we discuss funds, second 50% of the year would be entirely great for profit. On the other hand, if you need to accomplish your objectives, you have to stay away from these obstacles and continue proceeding onward. Rats are excellent swimmers so I was a little confused on that section of the story but a very good read. Most governments with a significant Chinese population usually use this as a basis to plan their holidays.
Some very traditional Chinese people go to the extent of planning to have their children in a certain year – boys born in the year of the dragon are highly favored. Most items are red (remember the story of Nian); red banners with the words ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ (more on that later) are extremely common. Children, teenagers or unmarried young adults will go up to all senior relatives to wish them ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’, which is translated to mean ‘May you be blessed with good fortune and prosperity’.
The second day is also known as the birthday of all dogs, so people are especially kind to their furry friends and feed them with extra food. Hence, even though there are traditionally 10 days left in Chinese New Year, the major festivities will have come to an end. Young ladies who believe in this will write their contact number on a mandarin orange, and throw it into a lake or river. Fiscally, the year demands that you audit every one of your funds, speculations, and so forth. After the half of the year is over, you will need to sit and arrange your accounts for better administration. She has been dedicated since 2002 in support of indigenous culture for exiled Tibetan people and land mine victims.


The cat and the rat immediately realized that the ox was a good choice when he took the lead with ease, navigating the waters without difficulty. In the end, villagers had no choice but to huddle up in their homes and tried not to be eaten. Other than that, red packets are also bought in bulk so that there will be enough red packets (again, more on that later) to distribute during the whole 15 days of Chinese New Year. Paintings of fish and oranges are highly favored, and they are hung up as decorations on all the walls. It is also the ideal time for them to catch up on each other’s lives if they live far away. This term will be heard very commonly throughout the whole 15 days of Chinese New Year as everyone wishes each other with this phrase. The head of the lion can be fully controlled – in some dances, the lion even blinks in time to the beat of the drums.
The third day and the fourth day are basically saved for visiting houses of friends, but some conservative Chinese believe that visiting during these days will bring both parties bad luck.
The occasional business dinner or last minute visitings will still be conducted here and there, but nothing will be as grand as the first 3 days.
Local celebrities and dance troupes will be there to entertain the crowds, and the whole performance will be aired live on National TV. Hitched ones will likewise esteem this time and it is a brilliant period for welcoming babies. There are 12 signs altogether, one animal for each year and it moves in a cycle, repeating itself every 12 years. Firecrackers are set off at midnight, and the goal is to make as much noise as possible to scare away evil spirits (but more to usher in the New Year than anything these days). They believe that during these 2 days, evil spirits roam the earth, so going outdoors at all will be bad luck. If the orange is sweet, that means that the relationship would go well; if sour, that means the man should probably steer clear from that woman.
Second from last quarter of the year requests your consideration towards the general population you are interfacing with. Hitched ones need to make their sweetheart feel regarded alongside all that adoration and sentiment. The 12 lucky animals to be included (in order) are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. After the children wish the elders ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’, elders will distribute the ‘angpows’ (red packets) to them. While performing, people may place red packets in hard to reach places, and it is the job of the lion to get it while maintaining the movements of a lion. Likewise, your confidence and knowledge will cook a considerable measure toward your prosperity at work. You may need to face trouble in dealing with your association with relatives till the end of the year.
This is the year when you will have a significant decent participation with your associates and seniors at work.
Be that as it may, don't make genuine duties in light of the fact that this affection may not be genuine and you will understand this in the latter months. Money can be found in these ‘angpows’, and the money is thought to bring prosperity to the receiver of the red packet.
Professional lion dance troupes are extremely impressive; they consist of many people in the costume, and can perform extreme balancing feats.
You will stay all around arranged and the reserve funds will help you in the later phases of the year. Third quarter of the year may bring the adoration for your life and you may step in for a long term commitment.
The distributions of angpows are reciprocal (meaning that children in every family will receive a red packet from other families), so that both parties will receive good fortune. The drummers of the troupe are also highly skilled; some can play the beats to such a climax that people just start cheering. In the last few months of the year, you will have to take special care of your diet to stay fit. You needn't chop down your fundamental necessities in light of the fact that stream of cash will be great. On the off chance that you are new with this organization, ensure that you are not making an excess of bargains. He was the first to reach and therefore had the honor of being the first animal in the zodiac. Instead, he fled to the brink of the village, circling the perimeter but not daring to come in. The year looks really amazing if we consider your relationship with family members and friends.
Your funds may place you into hot waters as you will need to make a harmony in the middle of salary and costs.
The boy’s parents lit up a torch so that they could find their son and bring him back to the safety of their hut. However, if any bad luck has befallen the family (like the death of a relative), families refrain from handing out the red packets for three years. To the extent your wellbeing is concerned, the first quarter of the year will be particularly astounding.
The good thing is that you will have the capacity to hit this parity with your insightfulness.
Attempt to deal with your funds appropriately so you don't land up stuck in an unfortunate situation. Take great consideration of your wellbeing amid the second from last quarter of the year and last quarter must be spent in unwinding and also innovative exercises to relieve your psyche and body. They thought about what it was exactly that spared them and in the end, concluded that Nian was afraid of the color red (the little boy wore striking red color clothes) and loud explosions. In spite of the fact that wellbeing will stay fine, yet you must go for standard wellbeing checkups. From the beginning of the year till the second from last quarter, your wellbeing will stay fantastic! In any unfriendly circumstance at home, you will have the capacity to handle everything pleasantly. In any case, in general, this is the time when you must make arrangement ahead toward satisfying your fantasies and whims.




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