Just when you thought the silly season festivities were over, the Chinese New Year comes around and presents another opportunity to celebrate, and most importantly, an opportunity to redefine your goals and work on becoming a better version of yourself.
Chinese New Year is the most significant holiday in China, spanning 15 days. It begins on February 5 and marks the beginning of the Year of the Pig. Tied to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the holiday was traditionally a time to celebrate ancestors and heavenly gods. As with most holidays, Chinese New Year brings the family around the dinner table for feasting.
While this Chinese New Year may hold particular significance for those born within the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) the rest of us may make 2019 the year to embrace the values associated with this sign. The pig is a logical thinker and problem solver, whose strengths include kindness and the ability to care for those close to them, as well as being a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
Maybe this is the year that you get on top of your finances – or more importantly, make quality time for those your care about.
Even if you weren’t born on the year of the pig or don’t traditionally have a reason to associate with Chinese New Year, the historical celebration provides a second chance to start fresh for any New Year’s resolutions that have already fallen through! The holiday is a good excuse to align your inner-self with what what you really want to achieve in the year ahead, all while gathering a few friends together to share food, drinks, and memories.
A successful year will generally mean making sacrifices, and targeting your goals with laser-focussed precision. In order to achieve excellence, you should follow the Chinese traditions of getting your home ready to receive as much good fortune as possible for the upcoming year.
To let the good luck flow, clutter should be removed, drawers emptied, floors vacuumed, and everything thoroughly cleaned before the Chinese New Year holiday. Just so you know – you can’t leave it to the last minute either! Cleaning during Chinese New Year is bad luck as you may negate incoming prosperity.
Our mantra at gentSac is well aligned with the betterment of self with presides over Chinese New Year preparation. Get a haircut, treat yourself to a manicure /or at the very least stay on top of your own grooming – and find a new outfit to wear — they say you need one which hasn’t been worn before. Red is the most common colour of the celebration, followed by gold. So make sure you find a way to incorporate vivid red or accents of gold into your attire.
If you need help making sure the outside is looking as good as the inside to rein in prosperity this Chinese New Year, pop in and see our team. We’d be delighted to help.