“Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity. Gōnghè xīnxǐ, zhù shēntǐ jiànkāng, shìyè fādá.” Traditional greetings
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I had planned to post this on Thursday in preparation of the New Year but, as life would have it, other pressing events superseded my plans.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
“Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the New Year. gōnghèxīnxǐ, wànshìrúyì.” Traditional greetings
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
Have a peaceful and reflective weekend ahead!
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