Who doesn’t like a party! I have attended and thrown many parties in my life and I have to say that the ones I enjoy most are themed parties. Being involved with Eventastic has inspired me to learn about even more options for themes as I have been introduced to cultures I hadn’t known much about in the past. (e.g A Blog I had written on Diwali) Having opportunities to attend various cultural parties has been eye opening, fun and informative.
With Chinese New Year just around the corner, I wanted to take the time to learn more about this traditional celebration. Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, it runs from the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar which is Chinese New Year’s Eve until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. It is considered a major holiday for the Chinese.
Chinese New Year’s Eve often involves families and friends getting together for a reunion dinner. In preparation for this dinner, houses are thoroughly cleaned with the thoughts of sweeping away any ill-fortune to allow all good incoming luck to enter their lives. Everything positive is considered in terms of ‘good fortune’, ‘wealth’, ‘happiness’ and ‘longevity’. The colour red is used for decoration and parties include the lighting of firecrackers to further add to the celebrations.
The lunisolar Chinese calendar determines what date the Chinese New Year will fall. With this date there is a presiding animal zodiac and subsequent translations to go along with the year of this animal.
As you can see, this is the Year of the Horse which is one of the 12-year cycle of animals. People born between these specified dates are considered to have ‘Heavenly Branch’ traits. I find these traits fascinating and interestingly enough… quite accurate. If you were born in the Year of the Horse (1966,1978,1990, 2002), or are expecting this year, check out the list below to see what your ‘Heavenly Branch’ is and what traits you may possess.
A Story Behind Every Element
- Fire: dynamism, strength, persistence, warmth, creativity with some impatience and impulsive behaviour.
- Earth: patience, thoughtfulness, stability, practical, nurturing.
- Metal: persistance, strong, ambitious, determined, wise and business oriented.
- Water: intelligent, wise, flexible, calm.
- Wood: strength, flexibility, warmth, generosity, outgoing.
Naturally, after learning more of Chinese New Year I am intrigued to not only participate in local celebrations but also to host my own small gathering of friends using a red theme and have guests discover their own element sign to see if they in fact possess the proposed traits in their animal year. Hmmm… I was born the Year of the Rat… I am smart, adaptable, clever, adorable, personable, thoughtful and sensible…. and I choose to agree with it all! 🙂