Chinese New Year – Year of the Rabbit

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Did you know that Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar?    Chinese year 4709 begins on Feb. 3, 2011,  new year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to clean their home thoroughly fro top to bottom.  It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year.    The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to receive good luck in the coming year.

Chinese New Year is a time for family, many travel a distance to unite, serving big dinners and celebrate with their family.    Giving good luck gifts is another tradition.   Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money.  This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year.   Colors of Luck is Red and Gold and it is taboo to wear black and white during the holiday.

It is believe in China, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year.   Twelve  animals came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.  This year is the year of the rabbit, according to Buddha those born in rabbit years are popular, compassionate, and sincere.

Great site to visit for free Chinese New year cards and  Chinese New Year Red Envelope Card, have fun!

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