Hey all Zeus friends!
How is everything? We are taking the Chinese New Year holiday here at Zeus. Wish all of you the best in The Year of Goat!
Since it’s a big holiday celebration, instead of the weekly newsletter, this week we’d like to share with you some interesting facts of Chinese New Year. Take a look and learn some Chinese culture today :)
Date of Chinese New Year 2015
Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China. It begins on the first day of the first lunar month (usually in late January or early February) and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month (Lantern Festival). Date of Chinese New Year this year: Feb.18, 2015 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to Mar. 5, 2015 (Lantern Festival)
The Chinese zodiac features 12 animals in the sequence of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. They cycle every 12 years, and each year is named after an animal. For example, 2015 is a year of the Goat. Many Chinese believe their fates are tied to the zodiac symbols in the year in which they were born.
Name of Goat Year
Some people question about the expression of the year, Goat or Sheep? The answer should be goat as they are more commonplace in China. Also some historical facts demonstrate this point. However, sometimes people prefer to make sheep as mascot, as sheep are more adorable and fluffy. As the matter of fact, sheep or goat does not matter. The most important thing is that we all like the atmosphere of the New Year.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year is a very special time for families to get together with a lot of fun.
You can image that Chinese New Year festival combines Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day together. Celebrations include having annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve, setting firecrackers, giving lucky money to children, ringing the New Year bell, sending Chinese New Year greetings, dragon and lion dancing and so on.
Chinese New Year Foods
Chinese New Year Foods are very important to Chinese people. All family members come together to share the delicious big dinner at same time. It is traditional to eat certain foods over this festival, such as Chinese dumplings, fish, spring rolls, Nian Gao (sticky rice cake).
So much for the interesting facts about Chinese New Year. We’ve prepared more for you when we’ve come back for work next week!
We’d like to thank you for your great support in Zeus last year! Let’s wish you all “Gong Xi Fa Chai” (Good luck and make a lot of money)! Hope you all enjoy our Chinese New Year greeting!