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