Gung Hay Fat Choy – Happy Chinese New Year! 2015 is the year of the sheep

Today is the Lunar New Year, the beginning of the Year of the Sheep.

Were you born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003? Then you were born in the Year of the Sheep. According to traditional Chinese astrology, people born during these years are often artistic, sensitive, sweet and charming. Sound familiar?

They are not always practical people and may be prone to daydreaming. Their charm and innocence means they have many friends.

We celebrate Chinese New Year by gathering with friends and family. Many Asian families eat “good luck” foods on this day. Here are some you might want to try:

  • Tangerines and oranges. These fruits are said to bring wealth and good luck. The Chinese words for “gold” and “orange” sound alike; the word for “tangerine” is similar to “luck.”
  • Long noodles. Long noodles = long life, and are often eaten on birthdays as well.
  • Whole fish. The Chinese word for “fish” is similar to the word for “abundance.” The fish is usually served with its head and tail intact.
  • Dumplings (Jiaozi). Eating dumplings is said to bring prosperity, because the shape of the dumplings resembles the ingot-shaped ancient Chinese currency.

It’s also a time for fun traditions. Here are some things many Asian families do the week of the New Year:

  • Clean the house, top to bottom. This is done before the New Year; the idea is to sweep out the bad luck to make room for good luck in the coming year. But you don’t clean on the actual day – that day is reserved for celebrating.
  • Avoid spending money on the day of Chinese New Year. The idea is, if you don’t spend money on the first day, you’ll be good at saving it the rest of the year.
  • Resolve any quarrels or disagreements with family and friends. In other words, it’s time to apologize, forgive and start anew.

The color red in Chinese culture generally means “good luck.” It’s why Chinese children are given red envelopes with money on Chinese New Year, and why people wear red at Chinese weddings.

It’s also one of the reasons our company is named Red Velvet Events.

Happy Chinese New Year! We wish you and your family health and prosperity in the coming year.