Happy Chinese New Year

Posted by Flipper Museum On January - 16 - 2012Comments Off on Happy Chinese New Year

Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year and Great Year of the Dragon

‘Hoppy’ Year of the Rabbit

Posted by Flipper Museum On January - 21 - 2011Comments Off on ‘Hoppy’ Year of the Rabbit

Happy Chinese New Year 2010

Posted by Flipper Museum On February - 4 - 2010Comments Off on Happy Chinese New Year 2010

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese festivals, and is a is a great way to reconcile forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th. On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. As a traditional part of celebration, the family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. Because of safety issues, the use of the use of firecrackers privately has been banned by governments and authorities in many countries.

During the chinese new year, People will pour out their money to buy presents, food, clothing and decorates their house. Walls, windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck.

The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal, starting with the Rat[鼠], followed by the Ox[牛], Tiger[虎], Rabbit[兔], Dragon[龍], Snake[蛇], Horse[馬], Goat (or Sheep)[羊], Monkey[猴], Rooster[雞], Dog[狗] and Pig[豬].

Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year’s animal. There are many legends to explain the beginning of the Chinese zodiac. One of the most popular is recounted from here.