One in every six people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year. Although customs may vary in different parts of the world, you will find everywhere, the main idea is to remember family and wish everyone peace and prosperity in the coming year.
Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
Reading all sorts of great articles courtesy of ‘google’ it gives details that according to legend, in ancient times, Budda asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one, the twelve animals represented are the Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit and Dragon. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Rembrant, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Chopin, Sandra Day O’Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt were born in the year of the horse.
I also read, that at Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate - with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits. This year because of the bad air pollution the people have been asked to use flowers as a means of celebration. Time will tell whether this was so, and will they be red flowers?
So to conclude … wherever you are … whatever nationality … at this time I would join in the Chinese custom and wish everyone peace and prosperity in the coming year. Maybe we should add good health too.
With special mention to our good friends John (low carb team member), Julie and family.
All the best Jan