Year of the Pig: Have Good Lucks This Chinese New Year 2019
Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (sheen nee-an, kwai-leh) or Happy New Year in Mandarin! Gong Xi Fa Cai is pronounced as Gong She Fa Tsai. It’s Mandarin, same with Cantonese’s Gong Hei Fat Choi, which means “wishing you great happiness and prosperity” that is spoken in Southern parts of China and Hong Kong.
Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the longest celebrated public holiday that lasts 15 days. It is an important event when it comes to business and work, or even family and personal matters. The Lunar calendar means the celebration always falls on a different date because it is based upon the cycle of the Moon phases, unlike the January 1st New Year’s Day that is based on the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year falls between the end of January and mid-February. Each year is denoted by a different symbol from the 12-year animal Zodiac of the Chinese, with this year being matched with the twelfth sign – the Year of the Pig. Celebrations are expected to last until the Lantern Festival on February 19.
Lunar New Year is celebrated in Asian countries and territories such as Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia and the Philippines.
Outside Asia, London has the biggest festivities, which takes place in Chinatown, where over half a million flock of people gather to celebrate. It is believed that the change in Lunar calendar during Chinese New Year is a time to make changes and plans when it comes to business and work. This is the year of the Pig. CNY will be on February 5th, which means celebrations will start on February 4th, New Year’s Eve.
Pig is the twelfth sign of the Zodiac and as seen as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive, who aren’t afraid of difficulties in life. Because of these characteristics, they also enjoy harmonious relationships to those around them. A lot of people rely on these before they make a major change in their businesses. It is best to plan ahead and settle anything well before the Spring Festival because any Chinese business partners simply go on a hiatus during this long celebrated holiday. Their businesses usually resume on the 8th day of the festival.
There are many things to do on Chinese New Year to attract good fortune into business and work, good health and a joyous life for the incoming year.
Home/office cleaning. It is said that a cluttered home or office space makes a cluttered mind. Aside from that, throwing away the things that you don’t need can make new spaces for your other new stuff. Out with the old, in with the new. It is believed that by doing this, you can chase away any bad luck that lingers around your dwelling or working area, and who doesn’t like living and working in a clean environment anyway?
Giving away tikoy (sticky cake). It is another gesture of gaining good luck to come around. Many people do this in hope that their business and work would thrive in the coming year. Usually, sticky cakes are handed out with a wish for the receiver of prosperity.
Fireworks and dragon dance. This culture is said to chase away bad luck and evil spirits, probably by making too much noise that could make you go deaf! (Just kidding!).
Ang pao (red envelopes). Handling out cash in ang pao or red envelopes for more good fortune and prosperity wishes for business and work partners. Employers hand these out to their employees, also adults to children for luck.
Feast. Fish and round fruits are staples during the Lunar New Year because they symbolize profit and wealth. Prepare yourself for drinking festivities too!
The color red. Red is a big part of the Chinese culture and by wearing this festive color brings luck, of course, and hanging out red lanterns and banners are not only decorative but also symbolic for attracting everything good into your business, work, and home.
Settling debts. Returning the things that you borrowed from your neighbor, or money to settle any hidden grudges is a way of attracting good karma because who wouldn’t want a harmonious relationship with family, friends, workmates and business associates?
Clean yourself up. Hair and nail salon visits should be done now, as well as other health and wellness activities like facial and massage and wearing new wardrobe for welcoming the CNY at being and looking your best. Don’t forget to include your lucky charmed-bracelets in your outfits now!
Are you ready to welcome the Chinese New Year with a blast? Get revved up with a lot of good and happy thoughts too, for the Spring Festival celebrations, to attract all the good fortune, blessings, prosperity, health, and joy that you can think of! There’s nothing wrong in being superstitious if it puts you in a positive state of mind that it can magnify all the good potentials for your work, business or well-being!
Just enjoy and have fun! Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!