Happy Chinese New Year 2021!

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Happy Chinese New Year, 2021. It is the Year of the Bull.

The bull is the number 2 of all Chinese zodiac signs. According to the Chinese myth of the New Year, which determines so much for the Chinese, the Jade emperor said that the emperor’s order and thus probably accompanying privileges would be given in the order in which the guests arrived at a magnificent feast. The Ox was close to being the first to arrive, but the Rat (read below about yesr2020) fooled the Ox at the last minute to give him a ride on the wide back. Then, just as they arrived, the Rat jumped down and landed in front of the Bull in the Jade Emperor’s mansion. Thus, the Bull became the second animal to stand before the Jade Emperor in Chinese mythology. A little cheated by the rat, but still strong and among the first of 12 zodiac animals.

Bangkok happy new year countdown fireworks and lantern at Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok Thailand.

In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yin yáng) the bull is Yang. That which pulls towards the ground, gravity.

Bulls are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, and never demand praise.
In Chinese culture, the bull is a valued animal. Due to its role in agriculture, it is attributed to positive qualities, such as being hardworking and honest.

What are the characteristics of the bull?

Bulls are honest and sincere. They are low key and never seek praise or being the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they gain recognition through their hard work.

They believe that everyone should do what is asked of them within reason and stay within their own framework and abilities. Although they are friendly, it is difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. It is not appropriate for them, they are not emotionally controlled. Rarely do they lose their temper. They think logically and can be great leaders.

Chinese New Year, Hong Kong

Chinese New Year, Hong Kong

 

When is the Chinese New Year 2021?

In 2021, the Chinese New Year is February 12th. (year of the bull).

The giant New Year festival in all countries with a certain Chinese population lasts until the next new moon, about 15 days in total.

As an official holiday, Chinese people can get up to seven days off from work.

Early New Year and the 12-year Chinese New Year cycle

The Chinese New Year follows the Chinese 12-year cycle with one animal for each Chinese year. 2020 was the year of the rat It was the year of the pig in 2019, and it was the Year of the Dog in 2018. A total of 12 animals change in a rather complicated cycle.

Chinese New Year 2020. Rotten Year of 2020

2020 New Year: What does the rat symbolize in Chinese astrology?

The rat is the first of all animals symbolized in the Chinese calendar and mythology. According to an ancient Chinese myth, a Chinese Jade emperor said that the ranking of animals would be decided by the order in which they arrived at a big party. he held. The rat lured the bull by sitting on the bull’s back. So when they arrived at the finish line, Rotten jumped down and landed in front of the bull and stayed first. The rat is considered clever and cunning. Properties that also apply to humans born in the year of the rat. A good observer of other people. In short, in China, the view of this animal is quite different than in the West.

When it comes to yin and yang (阴阳 – yin yáng), the rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day. It also symbolizes the night.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and excess and fertility. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also beg / pray for the rat to have children.

Chinese New Year 2019

There are a total of 12 animal symbols that replace each other according to several criteria, including the movements of the moon according to Chinese astrology. As can be seen opposite, it is not the same day from year to year, but the same symbolism, rituals, food and gigantic celebrations that we can hardly imagine with a total of over 1 billion. participants around the world.

In 2019, it was the pig’s year- The pig as an example is the symbol of enthusiasm, optimism and hard work. The Chinese also see these traits as important to the people born in the pig years.

 

Chinese New Year is a global celebration. 2019 is the year of the pig.

Chinese New Year follows a 12-year cycle with a changing animal as the symbol for each year. We have reached the year of the pig and last year 2018 was the year of the dog.

This huge celebration is so important to Chinese people and lasts a full 2 weeks. There are many symbols, and traditions, that have to be observed. In 2019 it begins Tuesday, February the 5th. In 2018 it was later from February 16th. It has to do with the position of the moon and the Chinese astrological tradition. Not so easy as Western New Year.

Worldwide more than 1 billion people celebrate Chinese New Year and thereby makes it possibly the biggest party of the year spanning from China, Singapore, Vancouver to Macau, London and any country where Chinese have settled.

The pig symbolizes hard work, enthusiasm, and optimism, all traits of character we can benefit from in 2019.

 

Chinesee new year Asia-Cina-lanterne

Chinese new year Asia-China-lanterne

How to celebrate Chinese New Year

As an example, we chose Singapore, where the 200 years of existence is celebrated jointly with the New Year. That makes for a major party. Fireworks invented by the Chinese take on a whole new dimension as this 15-minutes long video shows.

 

The celebration of Chinese New Year follows the new moon and starts the first day after the winter solstice. Below you can see another permanent ingredient the Lantern festival. The festival does not end until the 15. day and when the full moon is back then. You have tons of parades, people dressed as the animal of the year, lots of red color, lots of singing and music and at restaurants and at home, you eat the best food, you can prepare.

 

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

In 2019 the new moon, that defines the new year was February 4th and the full moon is Feb. 19th.

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How old is the Chinese New Year?

The origins of the Chinese New Year festival are several thousands of years old and are steeped in legends but it is unclear when the beginning of the year was celebrated before the Qin Dynasty. A small scale Spring Festival is said to have been celebrated as early as at the time of the legendary sage-emperors Yao and Shun.

You honor your forefathers and the deities at New Year.  So this way ti is celebrated in any country with a number of Chinese living.
From China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and to the Philippines.

In huge mainland China, there are variations how to celebrate. Some start the day before the New Year itself with a family dinner. You also clean your hour or apartment thoroughly to remove evil spirits and welcome the new year.
Doors and windows are decorated with red paper with small texts like Luck and Happiness, Long Life and Prosperity. And there are fireworks in enormous numbers.

Lucky food for chinese New Year Eve

Lucky food for Chinese New Year Eve

What to eat for Chinese New Year

In northern China, dumplings are very popular. But New Year’s Eve it is for most families about healthy vegetable dishes. A bit like in Italy where green lentils are eaten New Year´s Eve symbolizing wealth.

More about Chinese food here

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