I want to wish our Chinese readers a Happy New Year – Today, February 7, 2008 begins the year of the rat!
I learned sometime ago that there are actually three ways to name the Chinese New Year:
Via an animal — Year of the Rat — There are actually 12 animals associated with the Chinese New Years and they are cycled through every 12 years. (Quoted from InfoPlease) — Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in rat years tend to be leaders, pioneers, and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking.<!–have excellent manners, make and keep friends, work very hard, and appreciate luxury. They are very loving and make loyal partners. Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahalia Jackson, David Letterman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger–>
Via a formal name — year of Wu Zi.
Via the Chinese Calendar — It is 4706.
Typically New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is the brightest. The festivities end with a lantern festival – with the lanterns being works of art, zodiac signs, or scenes from Chinese history.
Check out one of my favorite blogs – Asian Buzz – to see some interested gift items and cards related to Chinese New Year! We didn’t make any cards specifically for Chinese New Year but I will be posting some Chinese heritage cards for you to view this weekend!
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