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Chinese New Year

Feb 18, 2015

The 2015 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Goat and is celebrated starting on February 19th . It celebrates the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and is the most important yearly festival in Chinese culture. Each year is named after one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

Year of the Goat

This Chinese New Year, we are transitioning from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Goat. People born in the Year of the Goat are supposed to be very social, great at working in groups, honest, and empathetic (they are very moved by the misfortune of others). 

A traditional tiding on Chinese New YearA traditional tiding on Chinese New Year

The Luckiest Things for "Goats"

According to Chinese astrology, each animal zodiac has its own lucky numbers, lucky days, lucky colors, lucky flowers, and a best direction. Here are the Goat's:

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72)
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 30th of any month according to the Chinese lunar calendar
  • Lucky colors: brown, red, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
  • Lucky direction: north

Things that Should be Avoided by Goats

These things are believed to be unlucky for Goat people.

  • Unlucky colors: green, blue, and black. Goat people should avoid wearing these colors.
  • Unlucky numbers: 6 and 8
  • Unlucky direction: southwest
  • Worst lunar months: third, sixth, and tenth. Avoid these months if you have some important business to do or want to plan an event.

How to Prepare

Days before the New Year, families give their houses a good cleaning. Lots of people even paint their doors and windowpanes - usually red. Red is a popular New Year's color and it symbolizes happiness. People will also decorate their houses, pay debts, say some prayers and, of course, prepare tons of food. Early in the morning, children get cash wrapped in red paper packages. This money is supposed to bring good luck. Then the family goes door-to-door saying greetings before spending time with family and loved ones at home.

Red is a lucky color in Chinese cultureRed is a lucky color in Chinese culture

New Year's Eve Traditions

After the Chinese New Year's Eve dinner, you're not supposed to sweep anything out. In fact, brooms should be put away so you don't sweep out your luck. Knives are also put away, along with scissors, so you don't cut your luck. You can't take the trash out on New Year's Eve either, in case your luck goes out with the garbage. The Chinese New Year wouldn't be the same without firecrackers. Legend has it that by setting off firecrackers, evil energy is driven away and there will be peace and good fortune.

A traditional tiding on Chinese New YearA traditional tiding on Chinese New Year

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