Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the Chinese New Year. Here are some fun facts on the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

– The Chinese year 4712 (2014) is the Year of the Horse

– People born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands

– At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes

– Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck

– Fireworks are a huge part of the celebrations. They believe the crackling sound drives away evil spirits

– The Lantern Festival is a huge part of the new year celebration.

Chinese Proverbs

– A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

– A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.

– Dig the well before you are thirsty.

– If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.

– He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.


Have a great day.


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