January 23

Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

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“At New Year and always, may peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days.”  Chinese New Year quote

Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

Gōnghè xīnnián! A Happy Chinese New Year of the proud Fire Rooster to you! Xīn xiǎng shì chéng May all your wishes come true! May the New Year be as cheerful as the cherry blossoms in the flowering trees! One of the treasures of the Chinese New Year is that you get to share so many blessings and well wishes with friends, family, and even the occasional stranger on the street. One of my favorite sites offers 108 ways you can welcome the New Year with generous greetings and blessings.  So, we cannot complain about our 2017 Rooster year when we have ample opportunity to start afresh a second time, connect with like-minded souls, and get ourselves motivated to accomplish all our goals for this year. Like a typical rooster, those born in this year share the characteristics of a smart, talkative, energetic, flexible and fearless nature. They are able leaders and their bright, regal appearance makes them the center of attention. They are reliable like the dawn which is welcomed by their crowing, and they are eager to move quickly to complete tasks. On the down side, the rooster can be overly sensitive, bombastic and moody. The goal would be to adopt some of the positive qualities this year and incorporate them into our lives.

What else does this Lucky year for the Rooster hold? Here are a few: Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8, Lucky colours: brown, gold, and yellow, Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb and Lucky directions: south, southeast. As the sole bird on the Chinese zodiac, the rooster can give you wings to fly or get them clipped if your idle chatter gets in the way of your common sense. Our main goals for this year would be to keep ourselves engaged, happy, and focused on doing great things with our skills, and to limit the tendency to brag about everything…. balance is key. To achieve our goals in the Year of the Rooster, which runs from January 28 2017 to February 15, 2018, we must be mindful of our bombastic ways and stay motivated to finish our work. The Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, and is considered a “hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented” go-getter.  Ancient Chinese wisdom says that the rooster can bring bad luck in its year so caution is recommended.

READ: 8 Things You Might Not Know About Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year: Ten Blessings & Ten Things To Know…

Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December ’16 and January 2017 are:

12/05   –    01 World AIDS day,  02 Intnt’nl Abolition of Slavery Day, o7 Pearl Harbor/Remembrance, 08 Immaculate Conception,
12/12   –    10 Human Rights Day, 12 Green Day,  16 Day of Reconciliation,
12/19   –    18 Intnt’nl Migrants Day, 21 Winter Solstice, 24 Start of Hanukkah,  25  Christmas Day
12/26  –    26 Start of Kwanzaa Day, 31 End of Year!

01/01   –   01 New Year’s Day, Hanukkah ends, 06 Epiphany, 06 Three Kings
01/08   –  08 Golden Globes Award,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 12 Full Moon
01/16   –  16  Martin Luther King Day, 18 Winnie the Pooh Day, 20 Inauguration Day
01/23 –   27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Chinese New Year
01/29  –   29 Inspire your heart with art

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“Happy New Year! Always welcome the new morning with a new spirit, a smile on your face, love in your heart and good thoughts in your mind.”  Chinese New Year quote

Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

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. 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 year, I like to share some additional information to hep us all celebrate this year with delight. Here are 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”.10 popular and auspicious blessings/sayings for the Chinese New Year. They consist of four Chinese characters and special blessings.

Since 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. Here are 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
READ: Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips…

Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

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Positive Motivation Tip: Stay motivated to renew your vows to make this your best year. Happy New Year!

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –   via Wikipedia, and/or Chinese New Year  via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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  • I like how the Chinese people associate good luck numbers, colours, charms with their years. It’s always fascinating to read about other cultures and their traditions.

  • Thanks and I wish you have a happy holiday also. Over here Chinese New Year is a big celebration for us. Most of the things are in red and we wear red dress on the 1st day also.

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