The Chinese New Year, or the “Spring Festival”, is the most important holiday in China. It is also the longest, spanning 2 weeks. This year it begins on Jan. 28th, (or the 27th if you’re in the USA). It ends on Feb 15th with the Lantern Festival.
Public celebrations will feature a giant dragon parading down the street. A colorful 100 foot long costume with people inside, or holding it up with sticks, will zig-zag and undulate it’s way past the crowd of onlookers. Of course there will be fireworks and firecrackers!
Good Luck for Starting Fresh
Homes in China are usually decorated with special red and gold banners, which indicate happiness and prosperity. Often gifts are given, especially a small red envelope filled with “lucky money”. Usually these are given to children by their family and friends.
As with the western new year traditions, it’s a time of new beginnings. Some traditional customs are house cleaning, paying off debts, buying new clothes, repainting doors, getting haircuts, and anything else that might signal making a fresh start.
The Rooster’s Prediction
The year of the Fire Rooster is a powerful year for moving forward. Don’t take a middle of the road approach, but step out with practical and well proven methods. Not a great year for risk taking, unless you have a back up plan. Since Roosters always want to look their best, impressions count.
Roosters are alert, action oriented leaders. They will take calculated risks, but not without being prepared. They like to put things in order, including themselves. They like to be first, and they will never give up, or give in.
Roosters are known for their loyalty, commitment, hard work, and family values, so these traits will be rewarded this year. Always be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business and you will do well.