Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, and because the holiday is not solely observed by “Chinese” cultures, the Chinese New Year is sometimes referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
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When we celebrate Christmas, the greeting is “Merry Christmas“.
Kung Hei Fat Choi Or Gong Xi Fa Cai
meaning Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year
is the Chinese New Year greetings.
Indeed the festive theme is so focused around good fortune, wealth and happiness that I sometimes wonder if wealth is the ultimate path to happiness.
Just a food for thought for this year of the Sheep or Goat.
Want a peek at your financial future? Click here for the 2015 Chinese zodiac forecast. I read in between the lines that it would not be a good financial year for me not a year to take risks. The good thing is I do not bother too much about predictions, not being too superstitious either. No matter whether it is the Goat year or the Pig year or the Hedgehog year (oops no such year in the Chinese Zodiac), I do not often buy lottery so it is unlikely I will ever have a windfall. I guess I will just have to continue to work, eat and be happy.
Wishing everyone good health, happiness and prosperity in whatever form. As long as you get to do what you want to do and are happy doing that, then that’s prosperity. To me, being prosperous is not only around wealth but around all other pleasures in life.
Once again, Gong Xi Fa Cai