Chinese New Year (also called Lunar New Year or Chinese Spring Festival) is fast approaching making it the perfect time to celebrate with family, friends and colleagues at work. This year of the Fire Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle, begins on February 8th 2016 according to the Chinese calendar. Risk, strategy, learning, change and progress feature prominently in a Monkey Year. Astrologists predict that 2016 will be perfect time to create change. This is will be a year of adventure, discovery, questions and answers, when luck can strike at bizarre times and fortunes can turn in the blink of an eye. With the Monkey’s enthusiastic energy, anything can happen, plans can succeed and risks are minimal because they are rewarded. Under the influence of elemental Fire and the Monkey’s fixed element of Metal, it’s an era of building, creating and forging ahead.
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Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year, is one of the most significant holidays in China and the rest of Asian world. This 15 days long festival occurs between January and February and this year starts on February, 19 2015. This beautiful festival is the time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity. During the holiday Chinese people spend time with their dear ones, honor elderly members of the family, pray, and exchange Chinese New Year Gifts.
Symbols of Chinese New Year
Flowers – Flowers play an important part in New Year’s celebration in China. Two flowers in particular that are often associated with Chinese New Year are the plum blossom that symbolizes courage and hope and the water narcissus signifying good luck and fortune.
Color – The main color of the holiday is red. Red symbolizes fire, which according to a legend can scare away bad luck, bring happiness and success. During Chinese New Year celebration people prefer wearing red clothes, decorate their homes in red and gold (the other significant color in Chinese culture), and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes that are believed to ward off evil spirits.
Tangerines & Oranges– Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word “luck” and orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth”. Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity. The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes ‘gold’, hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.
Fireworks – The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in an ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten away evil spirits.
Popular Gifts for Chinese New Year
Money plant – The traditional Chinese families would love to receive the bamboo plant (also known as money plant) believed to be a good omen which brings happiness and prosperity. The bamboo is a strong plant that symbolizes endurance. Its branches are twisted to avoid the negative vibes and bring in positivity. Exchanging money plant with family, friends, and business colleagues is considered very auspicious in Chinese tradition.
Fruit – The fruit which is one of the most popular during Lunar New Year is known as “ong lai” (pineapple). Pineapple is the fruit of welcoming good luck and wealth, it signifies prosperity and makes a wonderful gift for any recipient. Other traditional fruit of the festival are tangerines and oranges, that symbolize happiness and abundance.
Flowers/Peach Blossoms – Peach is known as ‘tao’ in Chinese and it signifies romance and relationships. Also exchanged during Valentine’s Day, this beautiful token of love will bring your dear recipient good fortune. Lasting relationships are also believed to happen when you give or receive peach blossoms. Flowers in general represent rebirth and new growth and are considered a great personal or business gift for Chinese New Year.
Gift Baskets – Gift baskets for Chinese New Year are plentiful and usually contain all the main symbols associated with the holiday. Beautifully decorated with fresh blossoms, oranges, lucky bamboo and other tokens of good fortune they also serve as great home decor items during the festival.
Spread happiness, luck and longevity by giving traditional Chinese gifts to all your loved ones. If you have friends, relatives or business associates in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or anywhere else don’t loose the opportunity to show your care and respect for the traditions by sending wonderful Lunar New Year gifts.
Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year, is one of the most significant holidays in China as well as Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand that occurs between January and February (this year falls on January 31st). The festivities last for over two weeks and are accompanied by numerous interesting traditions and superstitions. Let’s get familiar with some of them.
Preparations for Lunar New Year begin about a week in advance. People start making festive food in good time, because traditionally, it’s not allowed to cook during the first five days of the New Year and all sharp utensils like knives or scissors are put away as they can cut away good luck. A week prior to the celebration is also a time to buy gifts for Chinese New Year and prepare decorations. But the most important step in getting ready for New Year celebrations is cleaning the house that is believed to sweep away bad luck.
After the cleaning, people start decorating the house to welcome the New Year. Most of the decorations are of red color symbolizing good fortune in Chinese culture. The most popular New Year decorations include lantern, upside down fu, dui lian, number “8” which rhymes with the word ‘wealth’ and brings good luck. Other traditions include placing flowers, symbol of rebirth and new growth, and mandarins, fruits of happiness, all around the house.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
On New Year’s Eve, Chinese families traditionally gather for a festive meal and stay up late in order to welcome the New Year. Right at midnight people launch loud, banging fireworks to celebrate the coming of the New Year and scare away the evil spirits.
Many of the foods served during Chinese New Year have symbolic meaning attached to them. For example, oranges and melons are popular because their gold color suggests wealth. Dumplings resemble ancient gold and silver ingots and serve as a symbol of riches. Hard-boiled eggs, fish and chicken are all associated with prosperity. Long noodles represent longevity, and the Chinese eat them whole, as cutting them up might lead to a short life. Since red is also so much associated with the New Year, red foods and fruit often appear on festive tables during this time of year.
The first day of the New Year is generally a quiet day in China. The cooking and cleaning have already been done, and most people stay at home or visit friends and relatives. When out visiting, many Chinese bring the hosts small Lunar New Year gifts, like sweets, flowers and red envelopes.
Since Chinese New Year is a popular time for gift giving, another common tradition is to give special red envelopes with “lucky money.” Usually such gifts are given by adults, especially married couples, to young children and single people to bring good luck, health, and longevity.
The money given in an envelope can be a token amount, such as a few dollars, or a more substantial gift, and it has symbolic as well as monetary value. For example, the amount should be an even number, and the numbers 8 and 88 are considered especially lucky because the word for “eight” in Chinese sounds like the word “prosperity”.
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In the East, the snake is a symbol of rebirth, wisdom, and transformation. Tradition has it that when Buddha invited the animals to celebrate the Lunar New Year with him, twelve arrived, including the snake. Buddha named a year after each of them, and people born in each animal’s year gain part of their personality. Those born under the snake are said to be wise, generous, and charming. Business owners are encouraged borrow the wisdom of the snake by taking advantage of GiftBasketOverseas.com’s discount on bulk orders and sending customers and colleagues gourmet foods, exceptional spirits, and rejuvenating spa gifts.
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Chinese New Year or Spring Festival celebrated this year on February, 3 is an important traditional holiday in Hong Kong as well as in China, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Chinatowns worldwide.
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Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) – one of the most important traditional holidays of such countries as China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and also in Chinatowns worldwide is just round the corner, this year celebrated on February, 3.
Make this Chinese New Year unforgettable for your dear ones, family members, friends, colleagues or business associates, send them wonderful Chinese New Year Gifts and be sure to receive much appreciation, love and gratitude back!