Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year 2014!

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Its the season of celebration again! This time for the Chinese people all around the world. According to the Lunar calendar, the new year begins with a new Chinese Zodiac animal. And this year it is the year of the Horse! 

If you're unfamiliar with the Chinese Zodiacs,  let me tell you a story. 

This ancient folk story is commonly believed among children (and personally I like this version of the origin of the zodiac better! ☺︎)

So, the story begins like this: 

One day, the Jade Emperor decided to name the years of the calendar after twelve animals, but he couldn't decide which animal should come first and which next. So, he ordered a race. 
It was called the Great Race. Hundreds and thousands of species of animals were present that day to compete in this race. The Jade Emperor said the first twelve to reach the finish line were rewarded by being in the calendar. 
Hence, the race begins. There are many, many interesting versions of the way the race went (as I'm sure you'll find if you try google) 

Right before the finish line, the animals all had to cross a river. The Rat decided the best way to cross the river was to ride on the back of an Ox. The Ox agreed to take him over. And while they were approaching the shore, the Rat jumped ahead and became the first to win the Race. 

The order of the Race became: 

1. Rat
2. Ox
3. Tiger
4. Rabbit
5. Dragon
6. Snake
7. Horse 
8. Goat
9. Monkey
10. Rooster
11. Dog
12. Pig

So, every year the people celebrates the lunar new year with a new zodiac animal. And each one of us has our own zodiac animal depending on the year you're born in. ☺︎

During the Chinese New Year, lots of festivities are included and I must say, this is my favourite time of the year. The celebrations are endless, and the whole ordeal lasts for fifteen days then at the end of the fifteenth day, there is another massive celebration to mark the Night of the Fifteenth Day of Lunar New Year. ✌︎

Most people gather around families and keep the reunion spirit high. I myself went back to Penang Island, and our whole extended family had a Reunion Dinner on the eve of CNY. (abbreviated fr Chinese New Year)
Here are some pictures! 

Happy Chinese New Year to all my fellow readers! 

May this New Year bring you Joy, Hope, Prosperity, Wealth and Opportunity! 

Thanks once again for reading my corner of the internet! ☺

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