Happy Chinese New Year! Feb 5, 2019 marks the first day of the Year of the Pig! Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. That being said, I hope the Year of the Pig will bring you success and prosperity!
There are 5 elements in the Chinese zodiac - Gold, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. So this year happens to be the Earth Pig Year. If you have been to a Chinese restaurant, you probably have seen the popular Chinese zodiac paper placemat that tells you what animal you belong to based on your birth year.
Chinese New Year is one of the most important festival/holiday in China as well as in the South East Asia. The celebration of Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days. On the Chinese New Year's eve, family will get together for a "reunion" dinner, just like the Thanksgiving dinner in the states.
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Traditionally, the elders will give the younger ones a red envelope (hongbao). The red envelop usually contains money. But hongbao is not about the money. Giving hongbao is giving blessing to the younger ones. Usually when presenting the hongbao, the elders will say something like "this will bring you good luck." By the way, you are not supposed to open the red envelop in front of people especially the one who gave you the red envelop. Like Christmas, Chinese like to decorate their house with lot of red and gold Chinese New Year decorations for good luck and prosperity. There will also be a lot of food and snacks ready for guests. It's a sign of abundance!
Here is how you say Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese:
新 Xīn 年 Nián 快 Kuài 乐 Lè
If you're interested to learn more about what Year of the Pig may bring you you this year, go to https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/