Happy Chinese New Year: Ten Blessings & Ten Things To Know…
“Days are too busy; Hours are too few; Seconds are too fast; But there is always time for me to say; Happy New Year!” Chinese New Year Quote
♥The Mythology of The Chinese New Year
According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian (Chinese: 年; pinyin: Nián). Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. One time, people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu’s mount. Chinese New Year Wikipedia
Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year of the Water Dragon! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ! Happy merrymaking to everyone! It’s a blessing to meet another New Year, and as a way to help us remember our gifts and dreams for the year, I’ve added ten auspicious, good luck blessings that people shower on each other during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Enjoy the ten blessings, the two videos, and ten important facts about this special event.
Below are 10 popular and auspicious blessings/sayings for the Chinese New Year. They consist of four Chinese characters and special blessings.
金玉滿堂Jīnyùmǎntáng – “May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall”
大展鴻圖Dàzhǎnhóngtú – “May you realize your ambitions”
迎春接福Yíngchúnjiēfú – “Greet the New Year and encounter happiness”
萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”
♥ The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important of all the traditional Chinese holidays. It is also known as the “Spring Festival,” marking the official end of the winter season.
♥ This year, we celebrate the Year of the Water Dragon: from January 23, 2012 – February 09, 2013. It is considered a symbol of good fortune and a sign of intense personal power.
♥The tradition of the Chinese New Year is to encourage people to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness to everyone.
♥The biggest event on Chinese New Year’s Eve is the Reunion Dinner. People eat special foods that represent good luck; pigs, ducks, chicken, sweets and fish. Also Niangao, a Chinese New Year cake. In the morning, children greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The night ends with firecrackers.
“Each age has deemed the new-born year. The fittest time for festal cheer.” Sir Walter Scott
THE WATER DRAGON 1952 AND 2012
Water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another. The Dragon
吉慶有餘Jíqìngyǒuyú – “May your happiness be without limit”
竹報平安Zhúbàopíng’ān – “May you hear [in a letter] that all is well”
一本萬利Yīběnwànlì – “May a small investment bring ten-thousandfold profits”
♥The New Year consists of 15 Days of Celebration and recognition of the festivities; from welcoming the gods on Day 1 to celebrating the Lantern Festival on Day 15.
♥ The Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries and in Chinatowns with large Chinese communities; countries include Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam.
♥People collect money to buy each other presents, and families clean out their homes as a way to cleanse their space, to welcome the new, and to sweep away any ill-fortune.
♥The color Red is an important color in Chinese culture, it symbolizes prosperity. People decorate their doors and windows with red paper-cut outs and positive messages on “wealth,” “happiness” and “good fortune.” More below. ;-)
“The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.” George William Curtis
NYTimes Video On Chinese New Year Fireworks – Watch it!
The New Year by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”
福壽雙全Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
招財進寶Zhāocáijìnbǎo – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”
年年有馀 niánniányǒuyú – Wishing you prosperity every year.
♥A major part of the New Year celebrations include Fireworks. Firecrackers are lit everywhere to help drive away Evil spirits. The belief is that these malevolent spirits can’t handle loud noise, so the Chinese New Year is also a time of very loud celebration.
♥The origin of the New Year is not fully known, however, there are many popular myths and stories on how it all started At the top of the post I added The Mythology of The Chinese New Year. Enjoy it! What are your thoughts? Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? What do you do differently? What memories come to mind when you think of this holiday? Do share! Thank you. ;-)
Positive Motivation Tip: May your Chinese New Year be abundantly blessed!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Chinese New Year Dragon, Nian Lion Dance, Chinese New Year Food, Chinese Character Zhāocáijìnbǎo, Chinese New Year Water Dragon, Chinese Dragon Banner, via Wikipedia or via Flickr
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