Year of the Ram
The Chinese New Year celebration is both the longest and most important in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year Day is on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month. This means that The Chinese New Year celebration can start anywhere in January and February.
The Chinese New Year is represented by a repetitive cycle of 12 animals. The 12 animals include Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat / Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and pig. It is said that people will have traits resembling the animal of the year they were born in.
The year 2015 will be the year of the Ram/Goat, celebrations begin on Thursday 19th February and will end on the 3rd of March. Traditionally the Chinese New Year is spent reuniting with family and friends, eating traditional food, lighting Chinese lanterns and fireworks. For each of the celebratory days there are traditional events that take place on each day including only eating vegetarian foods on the 13th day!
Chinese New Year superstitions
Some people believe that some activities can bring bad fortune, and should not take place over the first few days of the celebrations. Take a look below at some of the activities to carry out in order to increase your chances of luck and some of the unlucky activities to avoid:
- Spring clean on New Year’s Eve or before
- Don’t wash your luck away and put your feet up and relax! As it is bad luck to do any cleaning on the first day of the celebration, this includes washing your hair!
- Wear red! Not only will you look great but it will also bring you luck
- It is bad luck to ask for or apply for a loan over the festive period
- Avoid using knifes and Scissors on New Year’s Day, as these can cut away good fortune. We think this is a great reason to learn how to use chopsticks!
Year of the Ram/ Goat
The Chinese believe that people who are born in the year of the Ram/ Goat possess the below traits:
- Are social people and enjoy being around people and in groups
- Sensitive by nature and can be easily moved by others misfortunes
- Are honest and kind hearted
- Enjoy art
- May have a tendency to worry
- Doesn’t like to openly express love
If you are lucky enough this year to be able to visit China for the New Year don’t forget to Tweet us a photo of your visit @QuestorIn. However if like us you will be celebrating the Chinese new year at home why not check out our blog on the nation’s top Chinese dishes!
Date Created: 15 February 2015 by Kim Coppins