It's our first Chinese New Year at Norfolk Avenue, usually all the family gather round for the biggest feast of your life but this year, it's just the two of us so I'll be sharing with you how we will be celebrating this year. But first, let me give you a brief overview of Chinese New Year, what it means and how you can get involved too!
Chinese New Year usually lasts for around 2 weeks and we celebrate the beginning of spring/ the day the new moon appears. This celebration is over 5,000 years old and is celebrated all across Asia, not just in China.
What is the zodiac animal this year?
The Ox has traits of strength, reliability, fairness and conscientiousness, as well as inspiring confidence in others.
This means those born in the year of the Ox - 2021 as well as 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 also share these traits - according to the Qin legend.
They are also thought to be calm, patient, methodical and trustworthy - although also very opinionated, strong-willed and potentially stubborn.
What's your animal sign?
Find out more about what your chinese zodiac means and what you can expect to happen in 2021, according to experts. Click Here.
What can you do to get involved?
Before the celebrations, you can deep clean your home, this is to get rid of any 'bad luck' before the new year starts! Let's get hinchin'!
Wear red & decorate your home. Adding hints of red around the home will brighten it all up. Red is considered the luckiest colour and if you want to attract it, wear it!
Kind deeds. All families celebrating will remind themselves to be kind and grateful. This might include donating clothes, toys or money to charity, preparing a meal for a neighbour, volunteering. During lockdown, these might be hard but it's something you can do when lockdown eases.
And the best tradition is EATING! You can prepare some simple and different dishes for Chinese new year like steamed dumplings, duck and pancakes or even red rice (fried rice with red colouring)
What greetings can I say to my friends/ family?
Here are a few options that you can copy:)
恭喜發財 - Gong Hei Fat Choy - This is the most common blessing
祝您新年快乐,身体健康 - Happy New Year & Wish you Good Health
年年有余 - Wish you luck year after year
新年快乐, 阖家幸福 - Happy New Year & Happy Family
新年快乐，万事如意 - Happy New Year & Hope you get everything you wish for
恭喜发财 - Wish you prosperity
新年快乐, 大吉大利 - Happy New Year & Wish you well in business
学业有成 - Wish you well in your studies this year
I have also collaborated with a few companies to celebrate Chinese New Year!
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These beautiful prints are from IamFy! They have a whole range of Far East Prints which would suit any room if you want to add a little bit of oriental. All their prints come in the frame and it's so easy to just unpack and hang!
Thank you so much for reading my blog :) And 恭喜發財 - Gong Her Fat Choi!