February 19 is the beginning the Chinese New Year. The year 2015 is known as the year of the sheep/goat. Learn more about the holiday and what your Chinese zodiac sign means!
First of all, Chinese New Year can also be known as the Lunar New Year. This is the beginning of the year for several calendars, including:
- Chinese New Year
- Japanese New Year
- Korean New Year
- Mongolian New Year
- Tibetan New Year
- Vietnamese New Year
We are going to concentrate more on the tradition of Chinese New Year.
Quick Facts: Chinese New Year
- Also known as the “spring festival”
- Traditionally, the festival honored deities and ancestors
- The evening before new year’s day, families gather for dinner
- Food items include: Buddha’s delight (elaborate vegetarian dish), chicken, fish, leek, dumplings, and mandarin oranges.
- Cleaning the home is a tradition to “sweep away” any ill-fortune and make room for incoming good luck
- Celebrating includes lighting firecrackers,fireworks, giving money in red paper envelopes, gift exchanges,
There are so many different ways the holiday is celebrated. Wikipedia does a nice job summarizing the celebrations.
Chinese Zodiac Signs
Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit
Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive and calm.
This year: Expect stability, with a slight increase in money this year. Simplify your investment portfolio. You’ll be quite beloved this year, so watch out for love triangles. If you’re married, make sure to demonstrate love toward your spouse.
Partners well with: Dragon and Rat
Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, and smart.
Partners well with: Snake and Ox
Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, and confident.
Partners well with: Tiger and Horse
Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, and smart.
Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit
Characteristics: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, and sociable.
Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey
Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, and sociable.
Partners well with: Snake and Rooster
Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, and determined
Partners well with: Horse and Dog
Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, and charismatic.
Characteristics: Turstworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, and caretakers.
Partners well with: Rat and Monkey
Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, and charismatic.
Partners well with: Rooster and Ox
Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive
Partners well with: Dog and Tiger
Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, and strong.