Happy Lunar New Year!

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On February 8, many Canadians of Asian descent will be celebrating Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year is a celebration of family, life, faith, paying homage to ancestors and anticipating what’s to come in the months ahead. We may be most familiar with the Chinese New Year celebrations, but people from Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet and Vietnam also have their own special traditions and ceremonies. Festivities take place all around the world, and at home, where everyone is welcome to celebrate and embrace diversity. Happy Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year Fun Facts

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival goes back several centuries. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.  According to Chinese mythology, a mythical beast called the Nian was banished from the village through its aversion to the colour red and the sound of firecrackers. Symbols today, are manifested in red decorations, envelopes and firework displays.

On a cycle that repeats itself every 12 years, each year is represented by a particular animal, 2016 being the year of the monkey.  Those born under this sign include people born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

Amazing Year for: Rats, Dragons, Monkeys – brings charm and confidence. Unstable but dynamic!

Positive Year for: Goats, Rabbits, Ox – improvement in all areas of life. Progress finally!

Exciting Year for: Roosters, Horses – Tricky situations abound. Enjoy the stimulation!

Complex Year for: Tigers, Snakes, Boars, Dogs – strong focus and objectivity brings the best results.

Sources:

http://www.canadianliving.com/life/community/interesting_facts_about_lunar_new_year.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_New_Year

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

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