Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year 2021, the year of the Metal Ox, begins on Friday, February 12, 2021 and will end on Monday, January 31, 2022.
In 2022, the year of the Water Tiger. It begins Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and ends on January 21, 2023.
In 2023, the year of the Water Rabbit. It begins on the Sunday, January 22, 2223 and ends on Feb. 9, 2024.
In 2024, the year of the Wood Dragon. It begins on Saturday, February 10, 2024 and ends on January 28, 2025.
In 2025, the year of the Wood Snake. It begins Wednesday, January 29, 2025 and ends on February 16, 2026.
In 2026, Chinese New Year in 2026 falls on Monday, February 9th. It will mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac. This celebration is a significant cultural event for Chinese communities around the world, featuring various customs, festivities, and traditional practices to welcome the new year with good fortune and prosperity.
In China, the Chinese New Year 农历 新年 (NongliXinnian) is the main celebration and the best occasion to meet families. The traditional Chinese New Year holiday, also called 春节 Spring Festival (Chunjie), which has a history of over 4000 years.
Why does the date of the Chinese New Year change every year? Chinese New Year marks the 1st day of the Chinese lunar calendar, on the second new moon since the winter solstice and before the lunar phase of the spring equinox. So, the date of the Chinese New Year varies from year to year. In 2021, the Chinese New Year will begin on Friday, February 12.
Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year also called Spring Festival. A contradiction when we know that most of China is still, at this time, in its winter season. Nonetheless, this term symbolizes more “eagerly awaiting spring”.
– Chinese New Year holiday dates
In China, the traditional Chinese New Year holiday is the longest and most important holiday period. In 2021, the Chinese New Year will begin on February 12. Traditionally, the celebration will last 16 days, from New Years Eve (2021.2.11) to the Lantern Festival (2020.2.26). The week of February 11 to 17 will be a holiday.
Chinese New Year Myth
According to legend, long ago, Nián (年) was a man-eating giant from the mountains (or in other saga versions, from under the sea), who appeared in late winter to eat crops, livestock, and even villagers. To protect themselves, residents put food at their doorstep at the beginning of the year. It was believed that by doing so, Nian would eat the food they had prepared and would not attack people or steal livestock and crops. Once upon a time, residents saw Nian run away in fear after meeting a small child wearing red clothes. Since then, Nian never came back to the village.
In the end, Nian was captured by 鸿钧 老祖 or 鸿钧 天尊 Hongjun Laozu, the god of Taoism in the Fengsheng Yanyi story, and made into Honjun Laozu’s vehicle. The residents then believed that Nian was afraid of the color red, so every time a new year came, the residents would hang lanterns and rolls of red paper on the windows and doors.
They also use fireworks to frighten Nian. The customs of Nian’s expulsion later developed into a New Year’s celebration. Guò nián (traditional Chinese: 過年; Chinese: 过年), which means “welcoming the new year”, literally means “driving out Nian”. Myths about Nian can also be found in the book Jingchu Sui Shi Ji 荊楚 歲時 記, a record of the Jingchu New Year customs made during the Southern Dynasty and written by Zong Lin (498–561).
The 4 benefits of the Chinese New Year
Since this is a date linked to nature and influences us, it is an integral part of Feng Shui.
1 – Declutter / tidy up before the Chinese New Year
Feng Shui allows us to understand how our place of life and the objects that compose it interact with us. Thus, getting rid of certain objects, that is to say decluttering, is one of the dimensions of Feng Shui.
→ Decluttering between January 1 and Chinese New Year, that is to say in line with what is happening in nature, generates more lasting results.
2 – One year, one animal
Each Chinese year is marked by a different influence, it is more conducive to certain actions and certain behaviors.
You will find an example by reading this article: Happy New Year of the Goat
→ In Feng Shui, we adjust certain arrangements every year, we avoid doing work in certain rooms depending on the year, to live more serenely. It is therefore recommended to call on your Feng Shui expert once a year. You will be able to carry out a report and discuss your projects.
3 – Know your favorable orientations
It allows you to calculate your Kua number which informs us of our 4 favorable orientations. This allows us to choose an arrangement, at home and in the office, which carries us in our activities.
→ This personal number, the kua, is also marked by an influence that changes every year. Your Feng Shui expert can enlighten you on the easiest projects to achieve for the current year.
4 – Let’s take a walk in the woods…
We invite you to go for a walk in the woods on Chinese New Year’s Eve. You will observe a rare calm, all nature is dormant. Many plants will not experience a sap surge until after the Lunar New Year.
→ Walking in the woods or by the ocean for the Lunar New Year allows you to synchronize with nature and therefore to live in a beneficial synergy with our environment whatever it is. This is equally beneficial with each change of season.
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