Chinese New Year for 2021 falls on February 12th. Chinese New Year is also known as the ‘Spring Festival” or ‘Lunar New Year”. Traditionally Chinese New Year celebrates the start of the Chinese Calendar. The Chinese calendar is of the lunisolar type which uses astronomical observations of the Sun’s longitude as well as the Moon phases. It has 12 months just as the Gregorian calendar.
The twelve animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac Signs are:
- Rat (Zi)
- Ox (Chou)
- Tiger (Yin)
- Rabbit (Mao)
- Dragon (Chen)
- Snake (Si)
- Sheep (Wei)
- Monkey (Shen)
- Rooster (You)
- Dog (Xu)
- Pig (Hai)
Year of the Ox
This year we will enter the year of the Ox. The Ox is the second of all the Chinese zodiac animals. The legend goes that the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived to his party. The Ox was coming first, but the sneaky Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the party the Rat jumped down first ahead of Ox. Ox’s are associated with farming- hardworking & honest.
Red is the main colour used for Chinese New Year Every as it is believed to be an auspicious colour: success, prosperity, luck.
Here are some easy decorations:
A traditional Chinese New Year gift is a red envelope. These are filled with Money and given to children and retirees. Along with the envelope an orange or tangerine is given. Oranges are associated with luck and Tangerines with wealth.
Although noodles and chicken and dumplings are traditional Chinese New Year banquet food here are a few baking ideas:
Fun Fact- Chinese New Year is the day when the most fireworks/firecrackers are set off in the world.
Xīnnián kuàilè (新年快乐) Happy New Year!
Mumma Z xxx