Celebrating the Year of the Sheep – Happy Chinese New Year!

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What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of the New Year according to the lunar calendar. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, was a time to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors and to gather with family for elaborate feasts. Although the Chinese typically celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1 ever since China’s adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese New Year is still widely celebrated and remains an important social and economic holiday in China.

When is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year. This year it falls on Thursday, February 19th.

How do people celebrate the Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions focus on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the coming of Spring. Celebrations and traditions include family gatherings, gift giving, festive meals of symbolic foods, festive decorations and honoring one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, depending on the year – 2015 is the year of the Sheep.

Were you born in the Year of the Sheep?

If you were born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, or 2013, then you were born in one of the Years of the Sheep.

What to expect in 2015?

Fortunes will fluctuate this year, so don’t hold hope for a promotion or salary rise this year. Your hard work will be rewarded next year, so hold tight!

On that note, your investments will only produce so-so returns. Try not to spend too much this year, and think about saving instead. It is not a good time to stop renting. Your house can wait til next year!

If you were born in the Year of the Sheep, you may need to cool down and not rush into any break-ups this year. Communicate with your partner frequently to keep your relationship intact. At the same time, 2015 may not be the best year to get married.

As for single men, don’t expect to stay single for much longer while single women may find themselves returning to a past love.

If you would like to celebrate this year, find delicious recipes inspired by Chinese New Year here.

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