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Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

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“Wishing you luck in the Year of the PIG (2019) 猪年大吉 zhū nián dàjí Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.” Traditional Greetings

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig
Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

The Pig () is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. In the continuous sexagenary cycle of sixty years, every twelfth year corresponds to hai, (the twelfth of the twelve Earthly Branches); this re-recurring twelfth year is commonly called the Year of the Pig . There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. These correspond to the Heavenly Stems. Thus, there are five pig years in every sexegenary cycle. For example, in the year 2019, the Earthly Branch is the twelfth, hài, and the Heavenly Stem is the sixth, . The Chinese New Year in 2019 is February fifth: this corresponds with the beginning of both the sexegenary year of hài and also the zodiac year of the Earth Pig. Wikipedia

 

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year of the Pig! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ! Happy New Year: 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year to everyone! If you were born in 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 … and every twelve years thereafter, this is your year. The year of the Pig, which is an Earth Pig year, will begin on February 5th 2019 and end on January 24th 2020.  If you know any pig year folks, you know  they are kind and compassionate, and would give you the shirt off their backs.  They get along with other pigs, Tigers, Rabbits and Goats and can’t stand your proverbial snakes, oxen, and monkeys.

Ironically, according to ancient Chinese superstitious beliefs, your Chinese Zodiac year is called Ben Ming Nian, and while it may be the year to celebrate your zodiac animal, it can also be the year of bad luck or mediocre luck for the designated animal. Go figure. If you were born in any of the years listed above, it behooves you to practice caution, compassion and wisdom this year. If you’re motivated, and you should be, there are lots of ways you can contain or curtail the ancient, angry gods who want to teach you a lesson. Keep reading below.

Apparently, in the olden days, an ancient god called Tai Sui/god of Age was offended by the animals of the zodiac during their stint on the twelve year cycle. So, whenever their year arrives, the god asserts his revenge with mischief and misfortune. You can avoid said bad luck and bring good luck into your year by doing the following things:  Wear red clothing, accessories and shoes. If you want red underwear which is highly recommended, others MUST buy them for you.  You can accept red gifts from loved ones, jade accessories, change your direction and be more observant of your surroundings. Honor the good around you and keep your chain of communication open and clear. This year, Tai Sui is facing northwest so, make sure to change your direction and  adjust your personal effects to face southeast to maximize your good luck.

READ: Happy Chinese New Year: Ten Blessings & Ten Things To Know… (2012)
Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… (2013)
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster(2017)
Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog (2018)

 

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

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig
Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

 

More On Year Of The Pig: Two Pigs can get along well with each other and ( with Rabbits and goats). It is said that the relationship between these three archetypes, (pigs, rabbits and goats), work best as they strive for aestheticism, beauty, and a more philosophical, and intellectual approach in life. Their calm nature gives them great leadership abilities.
They are artistic, refined, intuitive, intelligent, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The Rabbit, Goat, and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other nine signs.
These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive love. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathetic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic. Wikipedia

 

Other Elements of the Year of the Pig: This year, we honor the Earth Pig who represents the element of water. This pig is a Yin, and has the 10th month as its lunar month. Its lucky numbers are 2, 5, 6, 8; lucky flower is the lily, lucky color is yellow and it lives free in the winter. In case you are wondering how I got into celebrating and investigating the rich cultural history around this special holiday,  I was introduced to it in high school in England; one of my roommates in the 6th form was from Mainland China and she celebrated it with other Asian students. The term we shared a dorm room,  she invited me to join in and I loved it. I was so taken by the special treats, and the red envelopes that they used to exchange money with each other, that I held on to the memory for years. When I moved to the US and found out that it was celebrated here with gusto, I was sold. As I write this post, I have a huge and beautifully packed Chinese New Year gift package on my Buffet Table. I love this holiday because it’s an opportunity to start over the New Year with a review of what has occurred to date, and a commitment to move forward in a new direction. Do you celebrate it?

Stay Motivated in 2019 with Abundant Sayings and Blessings:  To keep you and your progeny lucky and happy in 2019, surround yourself with positive people, affirmations and these endless sayings/blessings for the year ahead. Here are a few via 123newyear: **Just as you usher in lights, lanterns and other forms of illuminations to welcome the New Year, may the New Year usher in for you new hopes, dreams and aspirations.
**One year goes by taking with it a set of hopes and aspirations. Another year comes in with bundles of new opportunities to relive your dreams and realize your goals.
**This Lunar New Year may your life hold for you as much variety as the various phases of the moon.
**This New Year, do not live in the past for it may make you depressed; do not live for the future for it shall only make you anxious. Live only in the present for that alone will bring you peace.
**This New Year do not get impatient if things seem to be going slow for you; remember as long as things are moving you are lucky.
**Creation never takes a day off to love, to care, to guide and blessed all of you every moment of your lives and your families. **Happy New Year.?A New year, A New Start, A New Chapter, A New Beginning, Forget the bad, Cherish the GOOD, I sincerely wish u a very blessed new year ahead.
**Happy New Year One year goes by taking with it a set of hopes and aspirations.
**Another year comes in with bundles of new opportunities to relive your dreams and realize your goals
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After digesting the New Year Day sayings/blessings above, don’t forget to add some affirmations and wishes of your own and create a journal to help you record and repeat them again and again.

 

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JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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01/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
01/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
01/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
01/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

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Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig
Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

 

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig
Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

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

Chinese New Year’s Day Tips & Taboos:  If you want to have a prosperous year, there are a number of tips and taboos you need to remember as these are to be avoided on the first day of the Chinese New Year: Of course, some of these taboos are hundreds of years old and may no longer be applicable or even enforceable. Read and digest them with a grain of salt…
Medicine: Taking medicine on the first day of the lunar year means one will get ill for a whole year.
Laundry: People do not wash clothes on the first and second day, because these two days are celebrated as the birthday of Shuishen (水神, the Water God).
Washing hair: Hair must not be washed on the first day of the lunar year.
Sharp objects: The use of knives and scissors is to be avoided as any accident is thought to lead to inauspicious things and the depletion of wealth.
Going out: A woman may not leave her house; otherwise she will be plagued with bad luck for the entire coming year.
The broom: If you sweep on this day then your wealth will be swept away too.
Crying children: The cry of a child is believed to bring bad luck to the family, so parents do their best to keep children as happy as possible.
Theft: Having your pocket picked is believed to portend your whole wealth in the coming year being stolen.
Debt: Money should not be lent on New Year’s Day, and all debts have to be paid by New Year’s Eve.
Empty rice jar: A depleted receptacle may cause grave anxiety
Damaged clothes: Wearing threadbare duds can cause more bad luck for the year.
Killing things: Blood is considered an ill omen, which will cause misfortunes such as a knife wound, or a bloody disaster.
Monochrome fashion: White or black clothes are barred as these two colours are traditionally associated with mourning.
Welcoming the New Year: According to tradition, people must stay up late on New Year’s Eve to welcome the New Year, and then to let off firecrackers and fireworks to scare off inauspicious spirits and Nian, the New Year monster.
Giving of certain gifts: Clocks, scissors, and shears all have a bad meaning in Chinese culture. via Telegraph.co.uk What are your insights on this special time of the year that allows you to start over?

What more can we do to stay motivated in a Lunar New Year? You can follow the dictates of a popular Chinese proverb: 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. You’re more than welcome to avoid the taboo things listed on this post and share the following Twelve Blessings listed below 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”. Kung Hei Fat Choi! Hóunián jíxiáng! Happy New Year! Good luck for this year of the Pig! Have a prosperous and productive Chinese New Year!

 

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  • Happy Chinese New Year!! I was born in 1983 so I was born in the year of the Pig!!

  • This is a really nice post 🙂 I’ve been making Chinese lanterns all morning with the little boy I take care of 🙂 Happy Chinese New Year!
    Debs

  • Good to know that the year of “your” animal can bring bad luck as well… I always just assumed it was supposed to be the best year ever! I’m a tiger and I think I met my ex boyfriend in the year of the tiger?? I thought that was good luck then but turned out it was bad luck haha 😉

  • Me and my family also has some tradition that we follow every Chinese New Year. Thank you so much for the informative trivia about Chinese New Year.

  • Happy Chinese New Year! I love that tradition on wishing everyone luck. Lolz. I am not a Pig but they say Year of the Horse is also lucky too these year and that’s great to hear.

  • Happy Lunar New Year! I’m glad to know that the US celebrates this occasion, too. Lunar New Year is a national holiday here in the Philippines, too. 🙂

  • This is so cool, I had known it was the Chinese New Year but didn’t know enough about it. Thank you for keeping us informed!

  • Thanks for sharing this motivational words hope everyone who’ll read this will have a great day

  • Our fourth baby will be joining us in May this year. Due date is the 6th! Hopefully she comes on her lucky day:) Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Looks like my mom’s birthday year is one here! And she is compassionate almost to a fault at times. Thanks for the article it is cool being able to learn more about the Chinese new year.

  • Google has the Lunar New Year as it’s image today, so I’ve been trying to find more information on it. Your article has been so very helpful! There’s a lot of information in this post and I appreciate your putting it together!

  • I personally do not follow “signs” or methodology but I can see why people like it. It’s nice for them to look at it for something to use as a guide and positive effect in their lives.

  • I learned a lot from this post and it is very useful because I live in Singapore and have many Friends who celebrates the CNY, it is to make me understand and appreciate more about their culture..thanks

  • I never heard of that tradition before, that wearing everything that’s colored red and it’s funny how you should wear a red panty but others should buy it for you.

  • Do you ever wonder if some traditions were created with ulterior motives? Like women can’t leave the house all day – was it so the men could out without their wives? lol, maybe not but who knows. I think those kinds of traditions appear worldwide. ANYWAY, I did NOT know that this was the last in the 12 year cycle! Seems fitting that most resolutions and goals I’ve seen people setting this year were about finishing things they started…

  • I was attracted by the quote about the five factors that included generosity, kindness and earnestness. I believe that these attributes will take us far. 🙂

  • Super interesting – this makes me want to research my own Chinese year animal to learn what it says about certain years. Thanks for the teachings!

  • We’re hoping to attend a celebration in China town this weekend so thank you for explaining some parts that I had no clue about what the Chinese new year

  • Woah, all those taboos are a little scary. Hopefully the year of the pig is prosperous for us all.

  • I had no idea that today was a lunar new year. I am always fascinated by the different animals associated with Chinese new year. My animal definitely describes me to a T.

  • I have never really gotten in to celebrating Chinese New Year although I know some do. It is interesting to learn about though.

  • I never knew those do’s and don’ts of the Chinese New Year! None of my family or friends were born in the Year of the Pig and as you mention, that could be good or bad.

  • An Asian, especially Chinese culture is very interesting. I wish to have a chance see theyear’s celebration there. Also, it’s good to read about the meaning of different subjects in this culture. Great article!

  • I didn’t know that it’s also common to have bad luck when it’s your animal year. My cousin was born in 1995, so maybe I should get him a few red things for this year!

  • I am fascinated by Chinese New Year and all of the traditions that go along with it. We have never celebrated it, but it is so very interesting!

  • Wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year filled with luck, joy, and blessings! Enjoy the day. 🙂

  • This is pretty intresting to read! Thank you for the post, I definitely now know what not to gift for New Years to avoid bad luck 🙂

  • Great post about the chinese new year. Your posts are always so thorough. Thank you for the time you put into your great posts. Year of the PIG!

  • Watching or taking part in Chinese New Year celebrations each year is always fun and interesting. Loved reading the tips and taboos! Learning about other cultures and traditions such as this is enjoyable, especially if you have Chinese friends and you can relate this knowledge to the celebrations.

  • 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. in this article you really write and explain in full the information we need about Chinese New Year.

  • Such a great post! Very inspirational any day of the week, to be honest! Happy Lunar New Year! Also, had no idea that pig represents water

  • Their taboos are somehow similar to the Filipinos, especially the broom taboo. It’s just that, the day was different.

  • One of the things that I always want to do is to learn about new culture. Your informative post brought back that desire to learn. Thank for sharing.

  • Happy New Year! I learned so much about the Chinese New Year reading this post. Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2019. 😀

  • Lunar New Year is probably one of the most beautiful holiday. The red and gold is right up my alley. I never knew all of the superstitions that go along with it. That’s super interesting.

  • What a great post -really appreciate all the many ways to wish someone a happy Chinese new year! Now I just wish someone would give me some red underwear!

  • Thank you for sharing this very motivational article! Good luck to the rest of the days of this Year of the Pig!

  • Chinese really has a rich culture. They really admire their traditions and respect everything about it. Good for them.

  • I love reading and learning about other cultures! It’s so fascinating to learn how other people see the world, differently from us!

  • What an interesting story happening in Chinese culture. Everlasting peace year after year
    is mine. Hurray!

  • Really interesting article! I didn’t know that there were different things to do for a specific chinese new year !!

  • 猪年大吉 to you too! We celebrated it in our classroom today by talking about it and made dragon puppets.

  • Chinese New Year was always fun for me, but I didn’t know about the various things that shouldn’t be done and how it affects the upcoming year, sure some of them are a bit going overboard, but a few are well placed, especially the red clothing ones 😀

  • My sister just sent me a message about this yesterday. I was born in the year of the pig so she said 2019 is going to be a good year for me. So far, it’s been pretty amazing 🙂

  • Happy Chinese New Year everyone! It was a great thing to know more about this year tips. Wishing everyone to have a prosperous year 🙂

  • The Chinese New Year is such a neat celebration! My fiancee and I have always looked to the Chinese Zodiac to determine our luck for the year and plan. I was born the year of the Rooster – he was born the year of the snake.

    • Oh that is lovely and I guess you are compatible animals. I like reading about the qualities of all the animals of the zodiac. Such personalities…

  • Happy Chinese New Year… it’s not something we celebrate but I always hear a lot about it and it looks like such a colourful celebration!

  • I teach English online, so I have been hearing alot about Chinese New Year from my students. What a fun time!

  • This was so interesting, I know very little of the new lunar year. I love that it’s the year of the pig, although I just found out I was allergic to pork so the irony…haha!

  • This is something I didnt know before about the zodic signs. There is a lot to learn about the old history and everything about things.

  • Oh this reminds me of the good old days when I used to teach. My students and I would take a field trip to China Town and watch the most beautiful celebrations, make Chinese lanterns and meet students from other schools in China town.

  • It is always so interesting for me to learn different thing about other cultures. Traditions and celebrations are just so interesting because they are all so different. just makes me appreciate diversity.

    • Same here. I love learning about people and cultures from around the world.

  • Happy New Year! I love Chinese New Year – I was born in the year of the Horse, in fact!

  • This was really interesting, I’ve never spent much time learning about Chinese New Years but I’ve always thought the different animals associated with each year was really interesting.

  • In graduate school, I lived in a residence with people of all ethnicities and got to celebrate Chinese New Year with some students who were from China. I loved learning about the holiday from them and getting to experience something new!

  • I love the mythology and the lore behind the Chinese New Year, is always nice to read about it. I guess I should not panic much because I washed my hair that day :)))

  • I am sending this link to my friend who belongs to the year of the pig!! I found this quiet interesting.

  • 新年快乐! (Happy New Year) 恭喜发财! (May you have more wealth/prosperity). Thank you for featuring this article on your blog. The Lunar New Year brings hope to everyone. There are so many do’s and don’ts to bring in good luck, but of course, everything depends on how hard we work for it.

  • I did not know hardly anything about the Year of the Pig before reading this. It is fascinating and really awesome to learn the meaning behind the pig.

  • This is the first time I have really read about the Lunar New Year. I am so glad that you shared this with us. Always an inspirational and educational read for me.

  • Fascinating! I knew about the Chinese 12-year-cycle zodiac, but there is a lot I did not know about the finer details you covered here. Guess my hubby has 2 years to buy me red undies so I will be set for my next animal year!

  • In my country we have something similar with broom. That post reminds me all the great things that my grandmother used to share with me about new cultures.

  • Happy Chinese New Year! 🙂 Wonderful post showing the culture of china. I was making lanterns to celebrate it the other day with the little boy i take care of
    Debs

  • I do agree that we have to surround ourselves with positive people. This Chinese Zodiac Sign is very interesting for me.

  • Happy Chinese New Year, it is always good to learn about different cultures and religions. Being different in many aspects but still, there is something common in every religion. Love reading your posts. Thanks for sharing.

  • I really enjoy reading about other cultures, and the Chinese New Year is always fascinating. I love the tips and taboos on what, and what not, to do. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  • Very interesting! I never knew very much about year of the pig. I love what I learn from this blog.

  • I love learning new traditions. Loved reading this post. Thanks for sharing. Happy Chinese new year to all!

  • I love reading about the Chinese New Year, my husband was born in the year of the pig as well.

  • This is so awesome and one of the most favorite thing for me to do when i travel, learning more about the different cultures. It is really great and thank you for the awesome article.

    Chad

  • Such a cool post! I love learning about other cultures and the Chinese New year is so interesting

  • It’s so cool that you are celebrating a bit here. Although I do find it fascinating that the year of that particular animal may portend to bad luck for that animal. It’s very curious.

  • Happy Lunar New Year! Best wishes and blessings to you and your family! I hope pig will be good to you!

  • Happy Chinese New Year! This event is always celebrated in a big way in Indonesia. As a teacher, I always got a lot of gifts!

  • Yay love the Chinese new year celebrations. Did not know it was the year of the pig. What a fab thing to celebrate xx

  • thank you for sharing not just motivation but mainly a piece of knowledge about what the year of the pig really means. Chienese culture is so little known here in Italy.

  • The Chinese New Year is such an interesting celebration. When I was back in graduate school, I used to celebrate it with my friends.

  • I always thought love the eastern zodiac I am a snake myself, so that was 6 yearsyears ago, or 6 years in the future, depending how you count to it

  • I am already good to go with the red undies so no need to ask my friends. lol But I will adjust myself in order that I am facing northwest. Thanks for the tip.

  • I remember learning about the Chinese zodiac as a kid and always found it fascinating. So interesting to learn more about the year of the pig.

  • Thank you for sharing this information. Its so fascinating to learn about other cultures and their traditions.

  • I totally agree to let go of the past and surround myself with positive people. This is really inspiring. Praying for a Prosperous and productive year.

  • I really don’t know anything about Chinese New Year but I am so happy to know and learn something new about this tradition. Thank you for sharing this interesting information with us!

  • Those are such beautiful blessings! I didn’t know it was the year of the pig! Thanks for the cultural awareness!

  • I am grateful for your post which makes me more knowledgeable about Chinese culture. We learn everyday and your post is excellent.

  • I love the Luna New year celebration. I learnt a lot about it this year, so I celebrated with some dumplings with my neighbor.

  • I was just reading about the Chinese New Year online today and I was born in the year of the dog. I love all the quotes you have here, especially this: Live only in the present for that alone will bring you peace. That’s a great reminder for everyone!

  • I loved celebrating Chinese New Year as a child, It was so interesting learning about a completely different culture to your own.

  • You shared some really cool information and facts I had not previous thought of. I also love the quote, ”
    To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness” Confucius. Thanks for sharing another thoughtful post.

  • A lovely sharing here, really enjoy reading it as I am celebrating lunar chinese new year, thanks for this ya 😀 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • Happy Year Of the Pig! I’m seeing this everywhere right now, even the online game I play has special flying pig mounts in honor of year of the pig.

  • I loved reading this I also love learning about other cultures. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Happy Chinese New Year. It’s a new thing for me and your article explained everything in detail. Thanks for the tips and thanks for sharing.

  • Very insightful. I didn’t know much about the Chinese New Year prior to finding your blog. Good motivation advice as well.

  • It has always been a thing of joy for me learning about other people’s culture. Thank you for writing this, I just learnt stuff I didn’t know a minute ago.

  • Yes! Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays and Welcoming the year of the Pig!

  • So this is why everyone is wearing red to celebrate the lunar new year. I was lucky to be in Vietnam just before the lunar new year and I was amazed by how they were preparing for the celebrations.

  • I always learn new thing every day, am not a Chinese but I already know about some of their tradition.

  • Thank you for sharing Elizabeth. The Chinese New Year is such interesting celebration! I have a few friends who celebrate it and I love hearing their stories and history behind it.

  • I love this. It is always so interesting to me. Reminds me of horoscope- I really believe in that!

  • As the years go on, I’m always learning more & more about Chinese New Year and the history behind it! Thank you for sharing this cultural insight!

  • These are some wonderful facts about the Chinese New Year! I never knew this and loved reading!

  • Happy Chinese new year. …It is very interesting and informative post because it helped to know about concept of year in Chinese culture.

  • Oh wow amazing information here. I didn’t know it was the year of the pig this year.

  • Those twelve blessings are so wonderful, Here is wishing all of those wishes for all of us

  • I love learning about different cultures! Thanks for sharing all of this info with us. Happy Chinese New Years to everyone who celebrates it.

  • I love learning things about other cultures. I didn’t realize that it was bad luck for your animal year to come up. I love the idea of the gifted red underwear!

  • I love learning about other cultures and their traditions. Thank you for sharing!

  • Happy Chinese New Year. I have enjoyed reading about this on your post and other posts I have seen. My aunt was born 1971 so this is her year! I will pass this on to her so she can learn more about the year of the pig. My kids also learned about the Chinese new year in school. I am glad they are teaching the importance of learning about other cultures in school.

  • OMG you must have red underwear and it must be a gift, can’t buy it yourself. I definitely need to remember that!

  • Happy Chinese New Year everyone I love reading about this. I always try and read up on different cultures so informative!

  • I found the tips and taboos section so interesting. There are so many thing you need to avoid on the first day of the lunar year, I had no idea!

  • I enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year and have been doing so for some time. Thanks for the reinforcement.

  • In my astrological chart, I have the elements of earth, wind and fire, but no water. That is why I am really paying attention to this year of the pig, which has much to do with water. I know that this is an element that I must learn to embrace and add into my life for balance and I think this year is going to challenge people who are similar to me.

  • Chinese Lunar new year was and still is really interesting to me, especially the tips and taboos, I see a lot of it has to do with money and well being, and I mean that is true, and there is a lot of things to keep an eye on, like with giving gifts to other people, and what clothes you wear, this was really informative 😀

  • A very nice sharing, thanks for sharing it as I am celebrating lunar new year 😀
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • Happy Chinese New Year! My husband was born in the year of the pig too and I had no idea. He has many of those traits you mentioned.

  • This post made me look into what animal year I am. It turns out I’m a Dragon! The celebrations for chinese new year always look like such a great time.

  • Oh my gosh! This is so interesting! I had no idea how much information there was on the lunar new year. It’s so cool to learn about different cultures.

  • Wow, cant stop reading this post! The year of the Pig! So interesting. Learning about other peoples traditions and celebrations is what love doing.Thank you so much for sharing.

  • I always love learning about different cultures! This celebration is so fun and interesting to learn about!! Thanks for sharing!

  • I hope those born this year get the best of luck. I’m a non believe of zodiacs but I still respect those who do.

  • I didn’t realize there were so many different tips and taboos surrounding the holiday. I am kind of glad now that I didn’t take any medicine that day. 🙂 . Would stink to get sick for the whole year.

  • I love learning about other cultures but I’ve always struggled to understand this one. Thank you for educating me.

  • So much wonderful information! Chinese culture and traditions really interest me, I learned so much here!

  • So cool to read the history and background for the Chinese zodiac! I especially liked the vocabulary section, as a huge language nerd.

  • Thank you sharing this post, it’s always interesting to read about customs and traditions from other cultures. It’s important to appreciate the diversity that the world has to offer.

  • Happy Chinese New Year! I always believe in taboos. The fact that I always read my zodiac sign to see my luck 🙂

  • I love the idea of having an affirmations journal with positive and inspiring sayings! I don’t have a separate journal of these per se, but I do write down inspiring things as I encounter them in my Bullet Journal…

    • Flossie, keeping a journal of New Year affirmations can be fun. Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Happy Chinese New Year to everyone! May you have good luck and a prosperous year as we celebrate the year of the Pig 🙂

  • Al cultures different from my own are so interesting and intriguing. I love that you are bring awareness and information about anothers culture and celebrations

  • I enjoy knowing different cultures. Your posts are not only gud byt also educational. Thank you. 😊

  • I love reading about myths and lore from other cultures. i hope this will be a lucky and wealthy year for all of us !

    • In Asia, Lunar New Year is the biggest migration season in many Asian countries especially in China, and they have a longer holidays. This is also a very important season for most businesses.

  • I was not born in the year of pig. But i hope i could get luck this year . Wish me luck.

  • I love the Chinese New Year celebrations. I really enjoy learning about other cultures and their traditions, it’s so interesting!

  • Happy Chinese New Year to you as well. Our local asian store had a big celebration

  • One of the things I miss when I was in Indonesia was the Chinese New Year celebration. To be part of a very unique culture is amazing. Happy Chinese New Year!

  • This Lunar New Year, I claim health and wellness for me and my family! Prosperity in health is my main goal. Wishing you all the best, Elizabeth. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  • 岁岁 平安 (suì suì píng ān). Have peace one year after another.

  • Lunar New Year is a huge celebration for us Asians, and it is most important that the usual New Year celebration. More auspicious!

  • Happy Chinese New Year. Year of the Pig.. also the year I was born. .back in 1983 LOL.

  • This year is my year since I’m a 83 baby. For some odd reason this year is not going so swimmingly. I read this with an open mind and heart. In hopes of learning as much as I can. Finger crossed. Thank you once again for you great post!

  • Wow, I came to know about a lot about the Chinese New Year. At Kolkata, Chinese New Year is a huge celebration and we attend it every year. Thanks for the post.

  • Gong xi fa cai! I am not chinese but my country celebrate the chinese new year 🙂 Hope you have a great year 🙂

  • I am grateful for this to make me knowledgeable about Chinese culture. All your posts bring me learn something new. Great!

  • Happy Chinese New Year! I was born in the year of the Goat (ironically I am a Capricorn so I guess it fits!) These were cool facts about the Year — I didn’t know all of this. Thanks for sharing!

  • I am actually very excited this year of the pig. One of the FS masters that I follow mentioned that I this is going to be a good year for me. So, with this given earthly luck — it’s about time to hustle and work towards success.

  • Happy Chinese New Year! This is so interesting. I didn’t know that the Pigs didn’t like the Ox. My ex is a pig in Chinese astrology and I am an Ox. So that gives me a little chuckle today.

  • I never knew those specific details about the Chinese New Year before! Luckily, I am year of the Dragon, but it would be great to have some good luck this year. Thus far it hasn’t been great, sadly.

  • “Wishing you luck in the Year of the PIG (2019) 猪年大吉 zhū nián dàjí Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.” Traditional Greetings Thank you for teaching me some new words and sharing you positivity.

  • Happy Chinese New YEAR! Anyways, I really love reading things like this to have a better understanding about good lucks this year. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Oh Chinese really have a lot traditions and beliefs. Reading it really makes me think how they could really pass it through the next generations.

  • Happy Chinese New Year… or I might as well say Happy Lunar New Year – Year of the Pig. Please continue motivating us with your posts and thanks for constantly sharing, cheers!

  • Happy Chinese New Year! I love all the grand celebration and the dragon dances performed in the streets in our local Chinatown. But I love the sticky rice cakes and the hong pao the most.

  • Wishing everyone the best in this Lunar New Year. As long as we work hard and spread kindness, our dreams will be within reach. Peace and love. Joy and abundance to everyone!

  • no wonder that dish the suckling pig seems to be so popular now. Happy chinese new year liz

  • This is a good guide for this Chinese New Year! It looks very challenging year for me! Great tips on how we can reverse the bad luck.

  • Happy Chinese New Year! This year, I have so many goals, but I’m not going to forget to live in the moment and appreciate everything that I have. I so want to make a lantern and learn more about the Chinese culture after reading this. Thank you for making my day with this positivity!

  • Happy Chinese New Year to you! Very informing post with a great understanding of what the chinese culture celebrates and believes in. Great blog!

  • It is always great to learn new cultures, i loved reading about the pig which ii didnt know.

  • I love how positive your posts are 🙂 – some great tips and advice here! I will definitely have to take some of this on board x

  • What a great guide for the Chinese New Year! I use to be into it a lot when I was younger but I haven’t been as active as I’d like to be. I love your quotes on staying motivated for the new year, definitely what I needed today, thanks for sharing!

  • I know many who use Lunar New Year as a fresh start instead of the actual new year, so this is great. I need to start doing that!

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