Welcoming 2019 ~ Year of the Pig

The date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year, and is determined by the Lunar Calendar. It always falls between January 21 and February 20,
This year, Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5th and is the Year of the Pig. In preparation for the most important date of the year, Chinese people will clean their homes as a way to bid farewell to the old year, and to welcome the new year. This tradition is called "sweeping the dust". Shopping is also very popular, as new clothes should be worn and decorations and fireworks bought to celebrate the main event.

Chinese Horoscope

There are 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac, each with its own unique personality traits and characteristics. Each person's animal sign is determined from the Year they were born, according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. Besides having personal characteristics determined by your animal sign, your Chinese zodiac can also help you to find compatible relationships based on attributes that can enhance or hinder your romantic, career or family life.

Click on the links below for a detailed description of your zodiac sign, as well as insights to the upcoming 2019 Year of the Pig. To determine your animal year, see the full list of animals with their corresponding birth years. If your birthday falls in January or February, you need to check your zodiac sign carefully as the Lunar New Year falls on a different date every year, somewhere between January 21st and February 20th.

These horoscopes are from China Travel Guide's website, where you can Find Your Chinese Zodiac by entering your birthday and find many more resources and interesting reading on Chinese Horoscope. You can also find additional links in our Horoscope section of Red Market Squares.

Decorations

Many people will decorate their homes before Chinese New Year Day, with items that are red and are symbols of luck, health, longevity, peace and prosperity. Red lanterns, couplets, and New Year's paintings are common decorations and some even help to ward off evil spirits. Typical New Year painting themes are of flowers, birds, golden roosters, oxen, ripe fruit and plump boys. Paintings of legends and historical stories showing desires bountiful harvests and a happy life are also very common.




New Year's Feast

Food is a favourite to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends and family. People travel far and wide just to get together with their loved ones to enjoy a feast of delicious and symbolic foods for New Year's Eve.



Fish ~ an increase in prosperity ~ the type, amount and even how one eats the fish brings special meaning
Chinese Dumplings ~ wealth ~ the filling types will influence your luck for the year
Spring Rolls ~ wealth ~ looks like and represents gold bars
Glutinous Rice Cake ~ a higher income or position ~ literally sounds like it means "'getting higher year-on- by year"
Sweet Rice Balls ~ family togetherness
Good Fortune Fruit ~ fullness and wealth ~ tangerines and oranges specifically represent luck and success
For more information on food meanings and symbolism, click here for an article by China Highlights.

Giving Lucky Money

The tradition of giving a red envelope is usually from parents to children, wishing them health, growth and good studies in the coming year. They are always given by a married person and can also be from an employer to employees. The colour red is meant to bring luck and to ward off evil spirits. On Chinese New Year, billions of red envelopes are exchanged either physically or virtually. With more and more people living away from their families, it is important to continue the traditions and cultures of Chinese New Year for those living abroad. Red Pocket Gifts helps to revive this custom by offering this free service.
Click here for more on the Tradition of the Red Envelope

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