Celebrate Chinese New Year January 31st- Feb 14th 2014

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Celebrate Chinese New Year from January 31st-Feb 14th 2014

Celebrate Chinese New Year 


Celebrate Chinese New Year January 31st - Feb 14

Did you know this Chinese New Year 2014 is the 'Year of the 'Horse'. I was fascinated while reading the history. I had always known there was 12 months and 12 different animals. So while reading, I found out why. Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on the Chinese New Year. 12 animals showed up so he named one for each month. Depending on what year you are born, you take on certain traits and personalities. The 12 animals are the horse, rat, ox, snake, monkey, tiger, rabbit, dragon, goat, rooster, dog, and pig.

Chinese New Year is the longest holiday celebrated every year as it goes for 15 days and starts on the darkest day of the lunar phase and goes until the brightest day in the first month (January-February).

People usually wear red clothing, like to decorate with lanterns, birds, flowers and zodiac signs. Poems are printed on red paper and red envelopes with lucky money are given to children.

On the 15th day, the Lantern Ceremony is performed by carrying lanterns or sometimes the dragon dance where 6+ people will carry the big silk dragon. I have seen this performed in Los Angeles during parades and it is amazing. Sometimes the lanterns are lit and carried on the 15th night which is a full moon.

Celebrate Chinese new year jan 31- Feb 14 2014

Fireworks are sometimes displayed which comes from the tradition where bamboo stalks were lit as they crackled and flamed up. This fire was believed to fight of the evil spirits.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, people meet at other homes for family reunions or with friends. This is a tradition that has been passed down for hundreds of years. 

Many people like to give boxed almond cookies to celebrate the holiday.



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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Interesting!   And it's the Year of the Horse that we're going into...hmmm....

Jan 26, 2014 04:24 AM #1
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Li,

So nice to hear from you. Yes, I thought the Chinese New Year Legends were fasinating. Their Buddha story correlates with another story I know.

Jan 26, 2014 05:19 AM #2
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
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Kristin - I have always been fascinated by the Chinese New Year and why it doesn't match up with the calendar New Year.  I knew about my sign, but that was about it.  I had no idea about the two week celebration period, or what determined when it started and ended!  Loved your post today!  Happy Chinese New Year! 

Jan 26, 2014 06:30 AM #3
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi laura,

I thought it was fasinating and I like the color red so I am hoping that wearing red will bring me good luck.

Jan 27, 2014 09:14 AM #4
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