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Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips…

08/02/2013

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Confucius

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... 2013 Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… 2013 Year of the Snake

Wishing You 歲歲平安 Suìsuì-píng’ān – everylasting peace, year after year!

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... Good luck character

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… Good luck character Zhāocáijìnbǎo

2013 is the  Year of the Snake; the Black Water Snake. “Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.
The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand.” via Hanban.com

新年快樂  Xīnniánkuàilè – Happy New Year of the Black Water Snake! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ! Happy celebrating to everyone!  Each New Year brings its own set of blessings, reminding us to remember our gifts and dreams for the year, Last year, my Happy Chinese New Year blog post shared ten auspicious, good luck blessings that people shower on each other during the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year, I’m adding twelve good luck blessings and twelve important celebration tips to help us pay attention to details around us and make steady progress towards our goals.

To achieve our goals in the Year of the Snake, which runs from February 10, 2013 to January 30 2014, we must be Focused and Disciplined.  The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, and is considered the “enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs.” Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen.” Enjoy the twelve blessings and important tips/facts on this special day.  Kung Hei Fat Choi!

“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” Confucius

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... Red Lanterns

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… Red Lanterns

恭喜發財; pinyin: Gōngxǐfācái – Congratulations and be prosperous

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... Nian cake

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… Sweet New Year Nian cake

 Twelve Blessings/Sayings to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year
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”
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”
福壽雙全Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
招財進寶Zhāocáijìnbǎo – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”
歲歲平安  Suìsuì-píng’ān – “everlasting peace year after year”
新年快樂  Xīnniánkuàile – “Happy new year
恭喜發財  Gōngxǐfācái – “Congratulations and be prosperous”.

The Chinese New Year is the most important celebration to start off a year of good deeds and fortune.  The snake brings lucky qualities in the form of Colors: Yellow, Red; Day: Monday;  Directions: Southwest, Northeast; and Numbers: 2, 4, 7, and 9. In addition to honoring the lucky qualities of the designated animal for each year, people look for popular and auspicious blessings/sayings to share. Above are twelve of the most popular auspicious greetings and sayings. They consist of four Chinese characters and special blessings. Below are twelve celebration tips to make your year a phenomenal one. More below!

“To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” Confucius

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... New Year Market

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… New Year Market

年廿八,洗邋遢 “Wash away the dirt on ninyabaat”

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips... New  Year Poetry

Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… New Year Poetry

Twelve Tips to Help You Celebrate Chinese New Year
Do research to learn about the  Chinese New Year
Clean your home  and prepare it in time for New Year.
Take the time to decorate your home in a festive shade of red
Offer a special sacrifice to the Kitchen God.
Hold an organized traditional dinner on New Year’s Eve
Prepare your own Chinese cuisine.
Make sure to dress up for the occasion
Engage and Interact with others in a positive manner.
Don’t forget to visit your relatives and friends.
Ward off evil by setting off firecrackers.
Attend a parade.
Say your New Year Prayers and wishes and purchase lucky charms/items  for the new year. Celebrate via Wikihow.com

There are many important steps to take during the 15 days of celebrations. I listed 12 that are critical to the Chinese New Year.  the first step is critical because it varies from country to country and helps families determine what to do. There is a popular Chinese Proverb that sheds much light on how to live a fulfilling and happy life.  If you want happiness for an hour; take a nap. If you want happiness for a day; go fishing. If you want happiness for a month; get married. If you want happiness for a year; inherit a fortune.If you want happiness for a lifetime; help someone else.

Positive Motivation Tip: May your 2013 Chinese New Year be abundantly blessed!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Year of the Snake via good wall paper.com,  Serpent, Nian Cake, Chinese Character, New Year poetry, New Year market, , via Wikipedia,  Chinese New Year, via Wikihow, or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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72 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/02/2013 11:18 pm

    Happy New Year, Eliz and wishing you 歲歲平安 Suìsuì-píng’ān – “everlasting peace year after year”

  2. 10/02/2013 12:26 am

    I’m subscribed to your log, Elizabeth, but your posts are not coming up in my reader for some reason…

    • 16/02/2013 11:38 pm

      Hi Bluebee, Others have said the same and I have no idea what is behind it… WP Staff have said to let them know and perhaps it is time for me to follow up again… just under a lot of other pressures for now. TY for reaching out even with my posts not showing up. TY! 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  3. 10/02/2013 12:32 am

    Thanks for the link back, love your site. I shall be visiting again soon

    • 16/02/2013 11:39 pm

      TY too for stopping by… Appreciated. 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  4. 10/02/2013 1:23 am

    Happy Year of the Snake! It’s so vibrant and colourful :-)

    • 16/02/2013 11:39 pm

      It is the vibrant an slinky one. 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  5. 10/02/2013 4:14 am

    新年快樂 (Kung Hei Fat Choy) Happy Chinese New Year!

    • 16/02/2013 11:40 pm

      TY Willowdot! :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

      • 17/02/2013 8:01 am

        thank you I am born under the snake so it could be my year!

  6. 10/02/2013 4:44 am

    What fun! A great post. Have been celebrating in Shanghai this year and looking forward to the year of the snake.

    • 16/02/2013 11:41 pm

      Glad to hear from you! :-) I can imagine all the wonderful festivities going on around you there. :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  7. 10/02/2013 4:59 am

    Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    • 16/02/2013 11:42 pm

      TY! :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  8. 10/02/2013 5:01 am

    What a colourful celebration, Elizz. Thanks for all the info regarding the Chinese New Year. :)

    • 16/02/2013 11:43 pm

      TY Adin and I appreciate the feedback! :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  9. 10/02/2013 5:11 am

    I didn’t know any of this, thank you for sharing this part of the culture. Love the Confucious quote ” if you meet someone better than yourself…”. I plan on putting that I to practice starting now. Happy New Year!

    • 16/02/2013 11:44 pm

      Same her with the Confucius quote. It resonated. ;-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  10. 10/02/2013 6:46 am

    Yes the Confucius quote is wonderful as is the entire post! Happy New Year. I am going to link back to your post so people can get this good information.

    • 16/02/2013 11:46 pm

      TY so much and please bear with me as i catch up… TY for linking back. ;-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  11. 10/02/2013 7:12 am

    Reblogged this on Mysterious Japan.

    • 17/02/2013 12:10 am

      TY you so much for the weblog… I had no idea. :-)
      萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  12. 10/02/2013 9:13 am

    Enjoy reading it! Reminded me the good old time I had when I was a kid… I did a post to celebrate Chinese NY, but it’s completely different from yours.

    • 17/02/2013 12:12 am

      I will definitely read it and TY so much Amy for your support… :-)
      萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  13. 10/02/2013 2:51 pm

    so interesting…and the colorful celebrations…how neat!…learning about other’s traditions more and more every day…

    • 17/02/2013 12:13 am

      TY Marilyn an same here. I love hearing about what others do culturally… :-)
      萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  14. 10/02/2013 6:53 pm

    very interesting, It is such a delight that so many cultures and their fascinating stories boil down to just one feeling humanity and compassion for others. I wish you and all a very happy peaceful new year.

    • 17/02/2013 12:39 am

      TY Meenakshi! :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  15. 10/02/2013 7:47 pm

    Happy Chinese New Year! Such a cool read. :)

    • 17/02/2013 2:21 am

      TY! :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  16. 11/02/2013 6:37 pm

    Love the Chinese Proverb: want happiness for a life time, help others. Interesting info on the year of the snake custom.

    • 17/02/2013 3:00 am

      TY. its great advice… 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  17. 11/02/2013 11:01 pm

    The pic of the market is stunning. It looks like such a dynamic and exciting place to be.

    • 17/02/2013 3:01 am

      Sure does… ;-) TY. great observation… 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  18. 12/02/2013 10:15 am

    Simply wonderful

    • 17/02/2013 3:09 am

      TY Cee! :-) TY. 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  19. 13/02/2013 2:07 am

    A beautiful post to celebrate the new year! Happy Chinese new year! All the best :)

    • 17/02/2013 3:10 am

      TY Daphne & same to you! :-) 萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”

  20. 15/02/2013 5:44 am

    Happy New Year!

    • 17/02/2013 3:11 am

      萬事如意Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled” Happy New Year to you too Tillly!

  21. 17/02/2013 7:24 pm

    Happy New Year, Elizabeth. May your happiness be without limit!

  22. 19/02/2013 8:43 pm

    I had ginormous fun last weekend attending a Chinese New Year in LA Chinatown. Lots of cool performance, lion dances, the whole place looks so festive, and it’s just so much awesome-r than regular New Year. Way better than a bunch of drunken people counting down from 10 to 2, skipping number 4 and shouting out 1. I think Dick Clark feels so small every Chinese New Year. Ahihihihi.
    May your happiness be without limit.

  23. Robin (Masshole Mommy) permalink
    30/01/2014 12:56 pm

    Well, I just learned a thing or two! We don’t do much for Chinese New year, but I think I may show this to my kids.

  24. 30/01/2014 2:01 pm

    Confucius was a very intelligent person whose teachings we should all adhere to. Happy Chinese New Year to all–may peace and happiness follow you all year long. I truly did learn a lot by reading this post-Thank you!

  25. Fabulous Perks permalink
    30/01/2014 4:30 pm

    I would look to experience the Chinese new year. Looks like so much fun. I would like to participate in the festivities.

  26. 30/01/2014 4:59 pm

    I never think about the chinese new year. Looks like it would be fun.

  27. 30/01/2014 5:03 pm

    I think it would be so fabulous to attend a Chinese New Year celebration.

  28. Sarah permalink
    30/01/2014 5:51 pm

    Chinese New Year always looks so colourful to me and much fun – 2014 will be the year of the horse won’t it?

  29. 30/01/2014 6:35 pm

    I was trying to go through and pick one of the quotes that is a favorite but there are too many great ones to choose from. I would love to see some of their celebrations to bring in the new year. I have seen photos and they are so beautiful I could just imagine how amazing it would be in person.

  30. 30/01/2014 8:32 pm

    Confucius had so many relevant, spot-on things to say. Thank you for the history on Chinese New Year!

  31. casavilorainteriors permalink
    30/01/2014 8:44 pm

    The red lanterns are so beautiful! Chinese new year is so colorful

  32. 30/01/2014 11:11 pm

    It’s so interesting to see different cultures and the way they celebrate. I have to admit that cake does look very delicious!

  33. Liz Mays permalink
    30/01/2014 11:14 pm

    There’s a lot of information here. I really like all the little bits of wisdom in phrases.

  34. 31/01/2014 12:13 am

    Happy Chinese New Year. Lots of great tips on how to celebrate. So colorful and festive too!

  35. 31/01/2014 7:00 am

    happy new year think maybe we should have Chinese food for dinner tonight in celebration

  36. 31/01/2014 7:57 am

    I love the quotes! I’m learning lots through your posts.

  37. 31/01/2014 9:28 am

    Lots of pretty quotes, thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  38. 31/01/2014 12:21 pm

    I don’t know a lot about the Chinese New Year and you taught me a few things! This is a really informative post. Thank you!

  39. 31/01/2014 4:41 pm

    Happy Chinese New Year! I love the quotes and words of wisdom! Thank you for sharing!

  40. 31/01/2014 5:06 pm

    Love the quotes and happy Chinese New Year. We recently went to our local Chinese New Year celebrations and the kids had a great time!

  41. 31/01/2014 7:19 pm

    Love them. We went to a mall yesterday and saw those red lanterns, ampaws and more red. We wore red shirts too. Haha. May God bless you too.

  42. 31/01/2014 8:03 pm

    If I am not mistaken, this is the year of the horse. Although I don’t follow the Chinese New Year, I would like to wish you a very happy new year.

  43. 01/02/2014 3:21 am

    Happy Chinese New Year. I guess in China it is just “Happy New Year’ though :)

  44. 01/02/2014 5:53 am

    Happy Chinese New Year! This was a very informative post. I’ve read quite a few posts about 2014 – it’s great to hear the background on 2013, too. Thanks for sharing!

  45. 02/02/2014 3:56 pm

    I love how beautiful the Chinese New Year celebrations are! I wish I could go to one!

  46. Le-an Lacaba permalink
    05/02/2014 6:51 pm

    I funnily made my half chinese boyfriend read this, but he launched on about his culture’s uniqueness. Definitely gave us something to talk about!

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