• Chinese New Year

Happy New Year  Chinese Style –Year of the Water Tiger (February 1-15, 2022)

Happy New Year –Chinese Style!  The Lunar New Year begins with the first new moon that occurs near the end of January and ends on the fifteenth day when the full moon arrives. Lunar New Year is the single most important traditional celebration in East and Southeast Asian cultures. Over 2 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year for a two-week period  with a dragon parade on the first or second day and a Lantern Festival on the last. Twelve animals comprise the Chinese calendar and zodiac, one for each month: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat,...

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Happy New Year 2020: The Year of the [Metal] Rat

Happy Chinese New Year 2020! The Buddha taught rats first, among the animals in the Buddhist pantheon, and rats rank first on the Chinese zodiac. Though people who follow Western animal symbolism do not consider the rat either adorable or auspicious, nevertheless the characteristics of the rat are considered spirited, witty, alert, flexible, and that of a survivor.  The Chinese New Year will begin on January 25, 2020  with the final celebration on  February 11. The Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year for those who conduct financial research and follow through...

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Happy New Year Chinese Style –Year of the Brown Earth Pig or Wild Boar (February 5, 2019–January 24, 2020)

The Year of the Wild Boar (in the Japanese and Tibetan zodiac systems) or the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac:   the Buddha called a meeting of his monks, the townspeople, and the animals before entering Nirvana. The Pig was late to the sermon because he ate too much and overslept. Year of the Pig 2019     The fat, happy Pig’s nature  is to be naturally pleased with himself or herself, no matter what he or she does. The Pig likes creature comforts and is sensual in everything. Tolerant, compassionate, generous, he or she nonetheless has difficulty controlling  passions but hides neither...

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Chinese New Year 2018 –Year of the Brown Earth Dog (Friday, February 16-March 2, 2018)

  Happy New Year! The Year of the Earth Dog (11th sign of the Chinese zodiac) could be a turning point in history. Born in the Year of the Fire Dog, Donald Trump fits the profile of a fiery, aggressive leader, one who finds it difficult for him to control his emotions, and his desire to dominate others will be very intense, indeed. As Trump has already indicated, he will use every means at his disposal to retain his position and get what he wants. This, almost certainly, will result in conflict and chaos of some type. Those born in any of the variety of Years of the Dog are quick to anger,...

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Chinese New Year 2017–Year of the Red Rooster (Fire Cock) January 28, 2017–February 15, 2018

  I don’t know about you, but this past Year of the Monkey was exhausting with its promises of unpredictability and turmoil! The craziest year in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the (hyperactive) Monkey officially ends January 27th. Now the New Year of the Fire Rooster  which begins January 28 is going to bring fresh challenges requiring practical solutions! Everything you loved/hated about 2016 is still here in 2017 — there’s just going to be way, way more of it. That’s the good news/bad news. In a Rooster Year, everyone can reap rewards by tapping into Rooster traits of loyalty,...

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“Year of the Monkey” (February 8–January 27, 2017)—Anything Can Happen !

    Happy New Year –Chinese Style! Although the Chinese New Year 2016 doesn’t officially begin until February 8, many people start thinking of the animal sign on the first of the New Year.  [And much of Asia, including Japan, does not wait until February 8. Many now celebrate during the first two weeks of January.] As the Year of the Sheep comes to an end and the Year of the Monkey arrives, 2016 will be a year of invention and improvisation, unpredictability and unexpected change. The Year of the Monkey is considered the most volatile in the twelve-year cycle. The Monkey is considered...

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