8 Facts about the Chinese New Year

8 Facts about the Chinese New Year says it all – there are many more facts to know, but I gathered the 8 that I found more interesting. And 8 is a lucky number :)

End of the year 2016

But before, I want to thank the lovely Lindsey for interviewing me for her amazing blog Have Clothes, Will Travel. I was so honored and happy! It will be also an honor for me if you check the interview out here. Thank you so much, Lindsey, and you, dear blogger friends, for reading it :)

8 Facts about the Chinese New Year

1. It is a festival for 1/5 of the world’s population, in places like, of course, China, Indonesia, South Korea and Chinese communities around the world, like in the UK.

2. The date varies. This year it started on January 28 and every Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year. This year is the Year of the Rooster. It will last till Feb 15, 2018.

3. There are many traditions to follow before the new year and after it starts. Here’s a guide of what to do – or not –  on the following 15 days after the new year starts, to bring luck and prosperity. Things like “don’t wash your hair on the day it starts” (oh, I did, I read the guide later!), don’t wash clothes, don’t use knives or scissors, don’t take medicine… and much more! Worth reading!

4. Many red envelopes (with money) are given as a present. They are usually given from older people to younger people. Also small gifts (usually food or sweets) are exchanged between friends or relatives, but don’t give taboo items like knives, shoes, clocks, pears, mirrors, etc.

Amaro DIY designed skirt, Next shirt

Amaro DIY designed skirt, Next shirt

5. This year, 2017 for western cultures, is year 4715 in the Chinese culture.

6. Clothing mainly featuring the color red or gold is usually worn during the Chinese New Year (red is a color of good luck and I looove it) – it seems that red can avoid evil spirits and bad fortune. People normally wear new clothes from head to toe, cause it symbolizes a new beginning in the new year.

7. Have a Wishing Tree, write your wishes and hang them there – it seems that then your wishes will come true!

8. Each Chinese New Year is featured by one of 12 animals which show in the Chinese zodiac. The new year moves between Jan 21 to Feb 20, so if you were born in January or February, like me, your animal may be the one from the previous year. For ex., 1982 – check the animal that ruled from March to December 1981. The animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. But according to Chinese astrology, the year of your animal seems to be one of the unluckiest in your life! Check it out and discover what your Chinese zodiac sign means :)

A maxi satin skirt

Shoes, Marc Jacobs

Shoes, Marc Jacobs

Satin maxi skirt

I used the belt of the... now skirt, as a headband

I used the belt of the changed dress (below), now skirt, as a headband. Tassel earrings, Quincy

Bracelets and rings

Bracelets and rings – Manoa, Zoppini Firenze, some from Tenby, red one from Bewdley and I love the measure tape mint bangle!

DIY Moment

I know that robe-dresses are a trend now… but I felt so uncomfortable to wear the dress below… so I asked my seamstress to change it into a skirt. I know some people leave me comments like “oh, I wish I had your talent”, but I only draw what I want and a seamstress makes my ideas. I can sew, but unfortunately not the way a professional seamstress does :)

Amaro maxi satin robe dress

Amaro maxi satin robe dress

And this is the result!

And this is the result! Worn with a beaded belt

Beaded belt, Bijou Brigitte

Beaded belt, Bijou Brigitte

Negative space manicure with Dior nail polish - it's really one of the best polishes I know!

Negative space manicure with Dior nail polish and top coat – it’s really one of the best polishes I know!

Finishing Touch and Mood of the Week

Chinese proverb

Wishing you a beautiful week with many smiles! Thanks for the sweet comments!

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84 thoughts on “8 Facts about the Chinese New Year

  1. You look so pretty!

    Year of the Rooster in Chinese culture is very positive! The Rooster is a symbol of doing its duty and its crow scares away the evil spirits of the night. I just hope this year will be good!

  2. we used to celebrate Chinese new year before since I am part chinese and I went to a chinese gradeschool and highschool so I am quite familiar with the holiday :) my fave is getting the red envelope with money called “ang bao” and eating all the food

  3. Liebe Denise, Du siehst wieder wunderschön aus, ich mag alles und alleine Dich anzuschauen ist schon ein Volltreffer in Chinesisch Neujahr! Danke für die Fakten, das hilft mir sehr, denn wir werden im Rahmen meiner Arbeit als Einkäuferin immer wieder mit Chinesisch Neujahr konfroniert (es kommt dann leider oft zu Lieferterminverschiebungen …). Jetz weiß ich dank Dir mehr, und es hilft mir besonders, nun zu wissen, dass es nicht in jedem Jahr zur gleichen Zeit ist. Ich wünsche Dir von Herzen eine wunderbare Woche!
    Liebe Grüße, Rena

  4. Achei o máximo, ficar por dentro de tantas peculiaridades sobre este ano do Galo no Calendário chinês.
    Quanto aos sapato, o vestuário , as unhas com este colorido incrível como não amar?
    Como sempre esbanjando , graça, delicadeza e simpatia.
    Que seu ano seja esplendoroso , cheio de bênçãos.
    Bjão excelente semana!!!

  5. Very interesting read, Denise. I didn’t know half about it. So thx for sharing. Love your look, Denise. It’s absolute beautiful and feminine. You look gorgeous, hun. Your shoes are stunning, you always have the most amazing shoes, Denise. Happy new week, hope this week will be a bliss for you. God bless.
    New update: Days Of Mauve And Gray

  6. Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and I’m super excited about it. There’s a large celebration around Bay Area from Oakland to San Francisco I get to watch dragon dancing, enjoy delicious food and even get a few Chinese New Year gifts. That about covers my extensive knowledge on the subject. I had no idea it is year 4715 in the Chinese culture. Great Post Denise

  7. I love your skirt and that you wear many rings, I would like too, but mine rings don’t look good together, I should buy some more.
    Hope you had a nice time on the Chinese New Year, I didn’t celebrate it this year;)

  8. Thanks for the shoutout, Denise! It was so much fun to get to know you better in the feature. :) And this post is fantastic! I’m a bit embarrassed to say, but I didn’t know too much about the Chinese New Year until now. This was very informative! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! Hope you ‘re having a great week!


  9. Thank you for this, Denise, it makes me smile. I celebrated CNY for years with my family but this year for the second time, I am not celebrating and am away from home. It makes me sad in some ways, a little homesick too because I couldn’t celebrate it here as I have no Chinese friends but maybe one day that will happen.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. Per prima cosa: tantissimi auguri di buon compleanno cara Denise!!! Ti auguro tanta gioia e amore e soddisfazioni e tutto quello che c’è di bello!
    Ma che interessante questo post! Mi piace tanto conoscere le tradizioni di culture diverse, sopratutto orientali, sono così affascinanti!
    Ho anche scoperto che sono nata nell’anno del Drago, quindi dovrò stare attenta quando ricapiterà!^^
    Per finire: è delizioso il outfit tesoro! Quell’abito scondo me era molto bello anche intero, ma come gonna è sicuramente molto più mettibile! La stampa è bellissima e trovo che ti si addica molto!
    Ti auguro una splendida settimana, bellezza! :)

  11. Aw, you are so pretty! I love how your outfits are put together, and how you accessorize; I don’t know how you do it!

    I’ve never heard of the wishing tree until now! Did you know that one time I created a vision board (Google it if you’ve never heard of it, seriously!) and EVERY SINGLE ITEM I put on it came true within 18 months? So spooky and cool…I’m gonna do it again; Mama needs a new pair of everything!

  12. Ciao mia dolce Denise,
    Come hai trascorso il tuo compleanno? A proposito… Tanti ma tanti auguri!
    Conoscevo un pochino la storia dello oroscopo cinese, infatti mia nonna era affascinata dalla cultura orientale. Ad esempio so che sono nata sotto il segno del drago e che questo è un segno molto “complesso” e forte. Oggi però ho imparato ancora nuovi dettagli che ho trovato molto interessanti.
    In queste foto sei bellissima (ma tu lo sei sempre) e mi sono innamorata delle tue scarpe.
    Un bacione
    Maggie Dallospedale

  13. I can only do basic sewing, but I plan to start a course – some day soon hopefully…and buy a sewing machine. I really like your idea for altering that dress. It looks great as a skirt, the seamstress did a great job…and it was a fun idea to use the matching material for the head band. Your manicure is so lovely…and I love your rings. You always have fun accessories…and beautiful heels. These shoes are so cute. You look picture perfect.

    I didn’t do much reading about Chinese New Year this year but I remember some things from those times I researched the topic in the past. Plus, your post taught me some things. I think I’m an ox in Chinese horoscope…and a bull in western one. So, I guess that’s appropriate:) from what I read, both zodiacs (ox and bull) describe a hardworking, stubborn and reliable person. I’m not sure if that is me, but let’s hope so.;)

  14. Hi Denise! First of all, congrats on that interview, I checked this blog out and it was a pleasure to get to know something more about you :) What about Chinese New Year, I haven’t had idea about these facts, all I used to know about CNY was the fact that there is conected with some of 12 animals, which symbolize zodiac signs. Now, thanks to you, I’m more clever, especially you got me curious about the fact that the people, who celebrate that event, wear on first day only new clothes – when I think about it and what symbolizes that activity, it does make a sense. What about you, my sweet friend, you look so pretty in this skirt, which was a dress- I love prints of its. Moreover, your shoes from Marc Jacobs are to die for <3
    Have a lovely evening, my lovely Denise! :)

  15. Hi sweety, I sent you a phone message a few days ago but I don’t think you received it.

    Just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday. May your year be filled with all things beautiful and bright. May your inner light always shine as radiantly as you do outwardly.
    I hope this birthday brings you lots of joy, happiness, love, success and prosperity.
    You are one of the loveliest sweetest people I know and you deserve everything of the best!

  16. Denise, you look gorgeous! I love what you did with the DIY dress too, very pretty! I knew about the red envelopes and a few things about Chinese new year, but thanks for the rest of the tips. Congratulations on your interview as well! That’s great news!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  17. I knew a little of the traditions of Chinese New Year but I’ve learnt a lot here from your post. Like, I never knew that you are not supposed to wash your hair! Also, i didn’t know that red envelopes and small gifts are exchanged, or that the colour red is considered to bring luck. I guess that’s why the colour features so much in Chinese objects and things. My nephew is currently in Beijing studying Chinese. I say ‘currently’, he’s now back home for a month or so on hols for Chinese New Year. We’re going to visit him this weekend. I can’t wait to hear all the stories. I find Chinese customs, the language, the whole way of life totally fascinating. Well, Denise, massive apologies for not getting back to you. I’m going to email you now to explain. But please believe me when I say that while I’ve been absent, you’ve never been far from my thoughts :). Massive hugs sweetie xxx

    • Dear Tracey, it was so nice to receive your sweet comment! I would love to know about your nephew’s stories! I have a great friend that lived in China for 13 years and she tells the most incredible stories – simple ones, like having to buy western yellow cheese only at international hotels, who gracefully sold her some slices, to things that we could never imagine. Such a fascinating culture! I am sure you will have a great time listening to his stories! Please, don’t worry, Tracey, I knew you would be busy and so on, but I was just also thinking whether you were OK! Although we never met – but I hope we do soon, I admire you and always feel super happy when I read your comments – you are really loving and caring! Wishing you a great day and hope you are fine! XXX

  18. I got to experience Chinese New Year in Shanghai once. It was a crazy event! And I also received a red envelope from a colleague once. I still have it at home. I don’t really celebrate CNY but this year I had Chinese food to mark the occasion.


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