Happy Chinese New Year - Sunny Dawn Johnston

Happy Chinese New Year

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Today we have a chance to begin again. It is the Red Fire Monkey Chinese New Year!
As we celebrate the New Year here in the US on January 1st, the Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is celebrated today. The actual date of the Chinese New Year changes each year based on moon and the sun movements. I love Chinese New Year as it is so rich in ceremony and celebration. There are many ways to celebrate Chinese New Year, some similar to what we do on Jan1st, but also many other customs and beliefs.
A few of the simple ones I LOVE to participate in each year and you can do now too are:

  • Cleaning my space the week before – although this year i didn’t get as much of that done as i would have liked
  • No sweeping – You sweep out the luck energy.
  • A bowl full of oranges, to bring in the luck energy
  • Wearing red – red brings luck
  • Flowers – brings in more beauty for the year
  • Check out my Chinese Astrology forecast for the year – I’m a Pig or a boar. Neither of which are really fun to say but we are the humanitarians of the zodiac so I guess I’ll accept it:)
  • Spend the day doing things you want more of – attracts more of this energy into your new year
  • Meditation and prayer – Sitting in silence of what this year has to share with me
  • Setting intentions for the new year  – I write mine out and put in my luck corner until the following year
  • Eating a yummy dinner with family and/or friends
  • Preparing my space according to the Feng Shui for the NEW Year

Learn more…  I am not an expert in Feng Shui or Chinese Astrology. These are just some of the things I have learned and have enjoyed doing. If you don’t know your Chinese Astrological sign, see below. Your sign comes from the year you were born in the Chinese lunar calendar. The years below are a rough guide, because if you were born in January or February it may be slightly different as the new year moves between 21 January and February 20. Do further investigation if that is the case as every year is different.1454797800_chinese-new-year-2016

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

What does your Chinese zodiac sign mean?

In Chinese astrology, the 12 animal zodiac signs each have unique characteristics.

  • Rat: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.
  • Ox: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.
  • Tiger: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic.
  • Rabbit: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.
  • Dragon: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic.
  • Snake: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
  • Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong.
  • Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.
  • Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
  • Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
  • Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
  • Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.

Here are a couple of great articles if you want to learn more too:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chinese-new-year-2016-facts-dates-and-ancient-traditions_us_56b4e014e4b04f9b57d961d6
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12144891/chinese-new-year-2016-year-of-the-monkey.html
I’d love to hear your Chinese New Year plans if you have any or what you intend to create in this Red Fire Monkey Year. Please share below – SDJ

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