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“Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity. Gōnghè xīnxǐ, zhù shēntǐ jiànkāng, shìyè fādá.”  Traditional greetings

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

 

For thousands of years, a twelve-year cycle named after various real or mythological animals has been used in Southeast Asia. This twelve-year cycle, sometimes referred to as the “Chinese zodiac,” associates each year in turn with a certain creature, in a fixed order of twelve animals, after which it returns to the first in the order, the Rat. The eleventh in the cycle is the Dog.

One account is that the order of the beings-of-the-year is due to their order in a racing contest involving swimming across a river, in the so-called Great Race. The reason for the Dog finishing the race second from last despite generally being a talented swimmer is explained as being due to its playful nature: the Dog played and frolicked along the way, thus delaying completing the course and reaching the finishing line.

As of 2012, the next Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar is February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019 (Year of the Yang Earth Dog). The personalities of people born in Dog years are popularly supposed to share certain attributes associated with Dogs, such as loyalty or exuberance; however, this would be modified according to other considerations of Chinese astrology, such as the influences of the month, day and hour of birth… Wikipedia

 

 Happy New Chinese New Year and Happy Year of the Dog!  新 Xīn 年 nián 快 kuài 乐 lè! Since this is the year of the venerable Earth Dog, we can add another auspicious greeting to the mix: Wish you luck in the Year of the Dog! 狗年大吉 gǒu nián dàjí. I had planned to post this on Thursday in preparation of the New Year but, as life would have it, other pressing events superseded my plans. Since my blog is still on West Coast time… (if you recall, I started this blog on the West Coast in 2008), I decided to be dog like: loyal, brave and even stubborn about following through on this planned post. You see, I’ve always been a huge fan of New year celebrations and the more the merrier. I love the fact that we can start a Western New Year on the first of January and then enjoy other cultural new year celebrations that include this one.  But I digress; the year of the dog is a time for us to focus on how and what we communicate. Barking out orders or talking out of both sides of our mouth, while expecting others to treat us with integrity, are poor doglike traits to avoid at all costs. To  make the commencement of this Dog year a positive experience, we must reach for the qualities of our higher self and remember that honesty, loyalty and kindness pays.

If you were born in the following years, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030, you are a member of the Astrological Dog tribe and fall under one of five types of dogs: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water. Each has special qualities that add to the energy  and style of the type and people born under the sign also exhibit some of those traits; be it sincerity, intelligence, responsibility, an eagerness to help and more. Regardless of the Dog type you fit, this year has significant influences that could help or hinder your progress. Health concerns are in the charts for dog signs  so, some precaution is needed. But have no fear, Dog soul, even with the inauspicious predictions of the wise ones, there are ways you can ameliorate the negative karma tossed your way. You see, in Chinese mythology, Tai Sui, the God of Age had a beef with the time god and 2018 is not favorable in his books. But, of course, with patience and courage, all good dog quantities, you can overcome the challenges. How to change bad luck in your dog year? You can wear red gifts from loved ones, jade accessories, change your direction and be more observant with your surroundings. Honor the good around you and keep your chain of communication open and clear.

READ: HuffPost – What’s The Meaning Of Chinese New Year’s Year Of The Dog?
Chinese highlights – The Year of the Dog 2018 — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects

 

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“Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the New Year. gōnghèxīnxǐ, wànshìrúyì.” Traditional greetings

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

 

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

 

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

 

What Important Facts Do you know about the Chinese New Year?  For starters, it is the longest, most important of all the traditional Chinese holidays. It is celebrated for 15 days and is also known as the “Spring Festival,” marking the official end of the winter season. Traditionally, the New Year is a time 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, fish, and sweets and treats; Niangao, a popular Chinese New Year cake is consumed on this day. 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. I love to give red envelopes and indulge my sweet tooth because hey, you only get a new year once! Every year, I share some additional information to help us all celebrate the year with vigor and good will. 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” 12 popular and auspicious blessings/sayings for the Chinese New Year. They consist of four Chinese characters and special blessings.

What other important steps are necessary during the 15 days of celebrations?. Always remember that dogs are loyal helpers and will work hard to make the year a productive one. I have listed 12 steps 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…
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

 

Have a peaceful and reflective weekend ahead!

This post was partly inspired by a WP Daily Post – costume – Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started.

Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate the good and discard your limited  and tired traits this year

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos, via Pixabay, AND/OR Chinese New Year via Wikipedia

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

105 Comments leave one →
  1. PurplePumpernickel permalink
    17/02/2018 12:54 am

    Gong xi fa cai!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:10 pm

      Xin Nian Kuai Le

  2. kumamonjeng permalink
    17/02/2018 3:47 am

    Yes, I do celebrate Chinese New Year and this year is dog of year. Hope 狗年大吉 gǒu nián dàjí will bring me lots of luck! I love how there you are still showing the traditional praying, we don’t do that anymore for the new generation.

  3. Kesha permalink
    17/02/2018 4:40 am

    This is a very informative post about the Chinese New Year. Even though I don’t believe in “the year of the dog” or similar phrases, I can respect that this is a tradition of others. I’ve learned more here than I ever had about this Chinese holiday.

  4. Lakesha permalink
    17/02/2018 4:41 am

    I didn’t know much about the Chinese New Year until I read this post. Even thought I don’t believe in “the year of the dog” or similar phrases, I can respect that this is the tradition and beliefs of others.

  5. livingworks60 permalink
    17/02/2018 6:24 am

    I am not one who has done much reading on Chinese astrology and according to the year dates I don’t fall into the year of the dog but I do like the attributes associated with the dog. Your post has peeked my interest in the Chinese New Year, it’s meaning and various ways of celebration.

  6. empowerandhelp permalink
    17/02/2018 7:26 am

    Always amazed with the insight, details and your positivism. Happy Chines New Year to you and your family also

  7. therecklessbabe permalink
    17/02/2018 9:19 am

    I love what the Chinese New Year represents: “reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness to everyone”. I think is beautiful. I want to celebrate as well! Happy Chinese New Year!

  8. flora_the_sweaterist permalink
    17/02/2018 11:42 am

    I feel much more confident now that I actually know something about the Chinese New Year! I didn’t have an extensive – who am I kidding? basically any kind of – knowledge about it before.This post was really educational for me, I found the 12 blessings especially interesting.

  9. adstanfield25 permalink
    17/02/2018 2:44 pm

    I havent followed up on the Chinese Zodiac in years (since I found out I was the pig. LOL), but its really interesting how accurate the profiles are. Chinese New Year is always such a festive time. I have a friend who presented me with a red packet one year, and it was such a lovely gift!

  10. Shubhada Bhide permalink
    17/02/2018 7:04 pm

    Great post. Happy Chinese New Year to you too and wishing you prosperity for the coming year. I love all the foods.

  11. Taslyn Russell permalink
    18/02/2018 1:29 am

    Its good to learn so much about Chinese new year I find it so interesting when countries have their own cultural days. Need to get me a Chinese new year calendar.

  12. Ayana Christine Nell permalink
    18/02/2018 11:33 am

    I’ve never looked much into the Chinese new years symbols until this year…mainly because as a blogger I’m reading other blogs about it and definitely find it interesting! My first born was born a ‘goat’ and now my next child will be born a ‘dog’ so I’m excited about that!!

  13. 18/02/2018 12:47 pm

    My city has lanterns for the first time this year 🙂

  14. Olivia Douglass permalink
    18/02/2018 2:57 pm

    We’ve never really celebrated the Chinese New Year but I appreciate you sharing! I am so excited for these awesome ideas that you’ve given me!!

  15. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place permalink
    18/02/2018 4:25 pm

    Kung Hei Fat Choi! We celebrate Chinese New Year back home since a large part of our community is Chinese. It’s really fun and very lively. It’s also a wonderful tradition filled with moon cakes and good food! My fondest memories would be watching the dragon dance!

  16. Erica permalink
    18/02/2018 5:02 pm

    I know quite a few people who were going into Chinatown today for the Chinese New Year celebration. It’s supposed to be so much fun. Welcome to the year of the dog.

  17. britbrat269 permalink
    18/02/2018 5:28 pm

    Wow this taught me so much I didn’t know! I find it all very interesting. I love all the different ideas to celebrate! And the sayings are very inspirational!

  18. Traveling Fig permalink
    18/02/2018 7:30 pm

    Great information – I’ve always been curious about the history and significance of the Chinese new year! I did get to celebrate last year in Los Angeles, but I was mostly there for the decorations and great food 🙂

  19. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    19/02/2018 2:24 am

    Yes, honesty, loyalty and kindness do pay. Thank-you for the information. Until now the only things I new about the Chinese were that I love most of their food and that they have their own zodiac signs.

  20. Emily Leary permalink
    19/02/2018 5:13 am

    I wish you a Happy New Year. I would love to experience all the festivities and the traditions of a typical Chinese New Year. I wish you peace and happiness.

  21. Nati permalink
    19/02/2018 5:28 am

    Happy Chinese New year! In Argentina, my home country, the Chinese community is present in the Capital city, and the population (even no Chinese) believes a lot in the Chinese Zodiac! here in Switzerland where I live now, nobody cares about it.

  22. Tiffany Yong permalink
    19/02/2018 7:10 am

    My boyfriend is born in the year of dog, so I’ve heard of the Tai Sui year for him. That’s a nice info article about the year and for everyone who doesn’t know much about CNY

  23. Emily Fata permalink
    19/02/2018 7:11 am

    Suìsuì-píng’ān, Elizabeth! 🙂 I was excited when I realized that this year is the year of the dog, which is my year!

  24. Rose Mont permalink
    19/02/2018 8:16 am

    I am not part of year of the dog. I wasn’t aware that there were 5 types. Based on the years listed noone in my family even fall into the category either. I would like to visit a Chinese New Year celebration. I know my kids would enjoy the experience.

  25. Vasundhra permalink
    19/02/2018 9:28 am

    Although I have heard about the year of the dog, I did not know these details. It was interesting to read the story behind the Chinese New Year.

  26. wanderlustbykelley permalink
    19/02/2018 12:10 pm

    I’ve always found Chinese New Year to be so fascinating. The celebrations are always so vibrant and fun. I loved the interesting information that you discussed.

  27. lucicoo permalink
    19/02/2018 5:03 pm

    I didn’t know that you celebrate it for 15 days. I feel like its a better tradition than the celebration of New Year’s on January 1st. Its more than drinking and hard partying.

  28. AnnMarie John permalink
    19/02/2018 5:33 pm

    Chinese New Year has always been fascinating because of the vast ways to celebrate it! I think it’s awesome, and I can’t believe it’s celebrated for 15 days! WOW!

  29. nothingsgoingtochange permalink
    19/02/2018 5:44 pm

    Love the colour red so will be happy to wear red gifts from loved ones. I shall follow the advice for the year or the dog as I need some luck this year. 🙂

  30. Chelley Martinka permalink
    19/02/2018 7:59 pm

    I love learning about different celebrations! Sounds like his is going to be a great year!

  31. Sarah Camille permalink
    19/02/2018 8:09 pm

    I found the different Chinese animals for different years so interesting. It was interesting to learn more about the history behind Chinese New Year too! 🙂

  32. Drake Conan permalink
    19/02/2018 11:00 pm

    Happy Chinese New Year. May all of us had a wonderful and prosperous year. I celebrate mine with my Chinese friends. That was my first time and It is a fun experience.

  33. Alison Rost permalink
    20/02/2018 1:39 am

    I love what you mentioned about what we can do during the year of the dog to improve ourselves in terms of communication. It’s good to be able to practice loyalty, honestly, and kindness this year. Chinese New Year is such an exciting time!

  34. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    20/02/2018 2:01 am

    I just love the fabulous celebration of the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. There are so many unique traditions that make the entire event so unique. Although I am not a believer in zodiac readings or Chinese astrology, it is still interesting to read what the year holds for me. Xin Nian Kuai Le, Elizabeth!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:06 pm

      Xin Nian Kuai Le!

  35. Rosey permalink
    20/02/2018 2:56 am

    I always like the crafts people come up with to celebrate Chinese New Year. My oldest son used to love this holiday the most!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:05 pm

      Oh so true…

  36. AlwaysCarryOn.com permalink
    20/02/2018 7:09 am

    Happy Chinese New Year! I had no idea about all the history behind the festival and the meaning of the “year of the dog”, so this post was interesting 🙂 x

  37. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    20/02/2018 8:28 am

    I am loving all the red decorations and good food for the Chinese New Year. With more social exposure, it is great to know about these important festivals.Great to know how it is celebrated, 15 days is indeed a long celebration time.

  38. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    20/02/2018 11:27 am

    I love Chinese New Year. We always celebrate it at home but may be that’s because my husband lived a lot in China

  39. lavandamichelle permalink
    20/02/2018 1:56 pm

    Thanks for informing me about Chinese New Year. I did not know much before your made your blog post. Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Indrani permalink
    20/02/2018 4:38 pm

    Happy Chinese New Year to you! Lovely colorful celebrations. I love the collage.

  41. thebusyboymama permalink
    20/02/2018 6:50 pm

    I love those blessings! Very cool. I’m a horse, 1990! I don’t think I know anyone who is a dog!

  42. Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama permalink
    20/02/2018 7:31 pm

    What a great post, full of information! I had no idea about the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog or any of it! I love reading your posts because I truly learn something everytime!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:05 pm

      Well, tank you so much Jen!

  43. Adaleta Avdic (@adaatude) permalink
    20/02/2018 9:40 pm

    I’ve been loving reading posts about Chinese New Year.

  44. Nicola Quinn permalink
    21/02/2018 12:03 am

    Happy Chinese New Year to you, too! I was lucky enough to be in Singapore a couple of years ago during CNY and everywhere was decorated so beautifully. You’ve made me want to go back and see it all again!

  45. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    21/02/2018 5:02 am

    My husband was born under the year of the dog, and we’re hoping this year will be good to in all aspects of life. Last year was quite a challenge for us, so we’re looking forward to good things this year. 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 3:04 pm

      And I wish him same…

  46. Lindsay permalink
    21/02/2018 9:56 am

    I so agree… honesty, loyalty and kindness make all the difference in communicating better and working well with others. This was a great read, as I’ve always wanted to learn more about Chinese new year. Thank you!

  47. miljance93mommysup permalink
    21/02/2018 11:29 am

    Oh wow, that table looks great!

  48. Ann F. Snook-Moreau permalink
    21/02/2018 12:56 pm

    I love that they celebrate the start of the New Year when winter ends. It makes so much more sense because the plants have new growth and we have the first warm days of the calendar year!

  49. Mary Nicole Galbraith permalink
    21/02/2018 5:08 pm

    This post is absolutely fascinating! I love Chinese New year, I was actually born in year of the dog — 1994!! Would really love to celebrate it in China one day! That’s one of my dreams

  50. Ithfifi permalink
    22/02/2018 8:33 am

    This was so enlightening to read, I had no idea that it was also considered the time to put grudges and differences aside, that is lovely – I think everyone should do that! I love hearing about different traditions and celebrations 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:58 pm

      True…

  51. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    22/02/2018 3:21 pm

    This is such a great post for spreading the spirit of CNY. Thanks so much for the wonderful wishes and Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too! Chinese New Year Eve, we celebrated it with hot pot for dinner or so called reunion dinner.

  52. Susannah permalink
    22/02/2018 7:16 pm

    We love celebraing Chinese New Year but couldn’t this year 🙁 Hopefully we’ll have a big celerbration next year!

  53. Elizabeth permalink
    22/02/2018 11:34 pm

    I had no idea my daughter was born in the year of the Dog! I’ll have to tell her when she wakes up. I love all this traditional stuff 🙂

  54. Nicole permalink
    23/02/2018 4:22 am

    I loved reading this post, great information about Chinese New Year and how to celebrate it. After reading I decided to add the blessing, ‘may your happiness be without limits,’ to my daughter’s lunch box today. Thanks for writing this!

  55. Megan permalink
    23/02/2018 5:29 am

    Happy year of the dog! I love seeing everyone’s creative posts and artworks they’re making for it. x

  56. Evelyn Lo Foreman permalink
    23/02/2018 5:47 am

    Elizabeth, I love this – a bit of culture, mixed in with festivity! Your posts are always “on time” as far as I am concern – perfect timing. Happy New Year (and now, if it only felt like Spring … =). Blessings, xo Evelyn, Path of Presence

  57. Collins Nwokolo permalink
    23/02/2018 6:29 am

    I really don’t know much about chines tradition. I really learnt alot from this article though. Good one!

  58. Janella Panchamsingh permalink
    23/02/2018 6:56 am

    happy Chinese new year, i haven’t been to China town in my city but i can guarantee that it probably looks amazing

  59. Rachel permalink
    23/02/2018 8:40 am

    My daughter’s class just studied and celebrated the Chinese New Year. I don’t know too much about it myself, but I am glad she is learning.

  60. Sue Tanya Mchorgh permalink
    23/02/2018 8:47 am

    Very interesting. I kept seeing “the year of the dog ” all over but didn’t know what it meant. Thanks for breaking it down and explaining things.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:15 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

  61. placeinthisworld247 permalink
    23/02/2018 9:59 am

    My mom’s parents used to be really big on celebrating Chinese New Year. They used to have a lot of food and even got the red envelopes full of money. Sounds like a really festive celebration. I can’t wait until the Year of the Pig (my year), but a dog year sounds pretty good and productive as well.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:15 pm

      Thy all have merit… but they bring in warnings too.

  62. Jennifer permalink
    23/02/2018 10:46 am

    I think I’m the year of the rat, which has never made me happy. Ha! 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:14 pm

      Hahaha! It’s alright. Al the animals have good and bad qualities… that is life. 🙂

  63. twinspirationalparties permalink
    23/02/2018 5:20 pm

    We celebrated Chinese New Year last year with friends. This year we are in India for a family wedding and couldn’t celebrate. Home made dumplings are amazing.

  64. Beola Lawal permalink
    23/02/2018 5:24 pm

    It is amazing to learn these much about the Chinese new year, I have always found their culture fascinating. Wishing You happy and healthy new year too!

  65. Stephanie JNote permalink
    23/02/2018 5:43 pm

    I did not even realize that Chinese New Year had passed. Thank you for sharing this. Hope that all who celebrate are filled with joy and much love and prosperity.

  66. franckxethee permalink
    24/02/2018 2:25 am

    We also have a grand Chinese New Year here. Hope the year of the dog is a good one.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:13 pm

      I’m glad it’s good in your area.

  67. pinkrimage (@pinkrimage) permalink
    24/02/2018 5:28 am

    Wow i never knew that in the dog year also there were five types of energies which define the personality of the person born under that year…beautiful lanterns!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:13 pm

      Yes there are… very enlightening too

  68. Indu Indra permalink
    24/02/2018 6:00 am

    Chinese New Year celebrations are so colorful, so vibrant, I just love the spectacle of red spread all over. I have witnessed many Chinese New Year festivities and enjoyed immensely.

  69. nadaliebardo permalink
    24/02/2018 7:50 am

    I love how perfectly round and symmetrical the three bowls of rice are made up and placed on the table. I have always celebrated with a Chinese friend of mine, we would go out for lunch and she would tell me a little bit about the culture and the zodiac sign for that year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:13 pm

      I enjoy the details that go into it too… circle of life and all

  70. priyanjali permalink
    24/02/2018 9:22 am

    An interesting read on Chinese New Year.. Loved it

  71. Jennifer Prince permalink
    24/02/2018 9:49 am

    I love that the Chinese people are so creative and that they carry on such deep traditions! 🙂

  72. Evelyn, PathofPresence permalink
    24/02/2018 10:59 am

    I have come to LOVE how the Chinese culture is so steeped in tradition. Your 12 tips to celebrate Chinese New Years are right on. Happy New Years!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:12 pm

      I’m glad you approve!

  73. Joanna Davis permalink
    24/02/2018 11:45 am

    There were no celebrations of the Chinese New Year where I live. I would love to take part in some though, as they seem so pretty, especially with all the red lantern and the great yummy food.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:11 pm

      You can gather friends around and celebrate your way. I do

  74. Nati permalink
    24/02/2018 1:56 pm

    That’s so interesting, I have learnt a lot of things reading this Post Elizabeth! Here, where I live, there are no celebration for chinese new year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:11 pm

      Maybe next year you can start a trend … 🙂

  75. Candice permalink
    24/02/2018 4:43 pm

    The Chinese New Year is such an awesome holiday. I love how it’s something that the entire country basically shuts down for, giving everyone a chance to celebrate <3

  76. Tara Fuller permalink
    24/02/2018 4:46 pm

    this is too cool, I didn’t know the story behind it!

  77. Gina Hepburn permalink
    25/02/2018 9:03 am

    This was interesting learning the mythology behind the Chinese New Year. I love learning new cultural history

  78. tanviidotcom permalink
    25/02/2018 11:44 am

    I really liked the decorations and all the special events for the CNY in the city (D.C.) I enjoyed your post and learning more about the mythology of the CNY.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:10 pm

      I love the celebrations and the rich history of it too.

  79. therecklessbabe permalink
    25/02/2018 2:02 pm

    I think this an amazing celebration. I love all it represents and the culture of it.

  80. Esme Sy permalink
    25/02/2018 2:40 pm

    For Chinese New Year we had a wonderful dinner without the usual fruitcakes. I still think the lunar calendar is the real way to determine months, but time has really carve itself into the roman calendar. I’d say, whatever time wants, it won’t stop for you so we might as well live life like everything”s precious.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:09 pm

      So true… Glad to have you back.

  81. Leslie Rossi | alifewellconsumed permalink
    25/02/2018 6:33 pm

    so interesting! Had no idea about half of this information. We live in Vancouver where there are plenty of Lunar New Year celebrations.

  82. Rebecca Arcarese permalink
    25/02/2018 7:05 pm

    Thank you for this information! I love all the decorations that come out for the cultural celebrations. But I had no idea what the year of the Dog (or other years) truly meant. I can see the traits in my family members who have the birth years for Year of the Dog. Great post!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:09 pm

      Hahaha! You can? Cool!

  83. emmanuel damian permalink
    25/02/2018 10:55 pm

    Year of the Dog will be a better one for sure! I’m so glad I learned more about Chinese Zodiac sign especially for this year.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 2:08 pm

      Glad you did too…

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