Chinese New Year Can Bring Wealth and Good Fortune -Year of the Pig
How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?
The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound for Chinese New Year – involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances.
Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.
Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day.
Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.
What is the Chinese Zodiac story?
Legend has it that, back in the ancient days, the Jade Emperor ordered that animals would become part of the calendar – and that the 12 who arrived first would be selected.
At the time, the cat and the rat were good friends. When they heard the news, the cat said to the rat: “We should arrive early to sign up, but I usually get up late.”
The rat promised to wake his pal up so they could go together but, because he was so excited, forgot and went alone.
On the way, the rat bumped into the tiger, ox, horse and other animals – who were all much faster than him.
The ox arrived first, but the rat sneaked in front of him and became the first lucky animal.
By the time the cat arrived, the selection was over – which is why the cat hates the rat and will always try to chase and kill him.