Chinese New Year 2015 – the year of the goat/sheep

Chinese New Year, 2015, lanterns

Chinese New Year 2015 – the year of the goat/sheep

Today marks the new beginning of the Lunar year of 2015. The year of the goat.
The ones born in the year of the goat, or Sheep, are considered kind and peaceful and have the lucky colors brown, red and purple.
It is believed that the biggest annual human migration takes part this time of year as 2.8 billion people go back home to celebrate the new year with friends and family. Approximately one sixth of the worlds population celebrates the Chinese New Year holiday all over the world.
The event is usually celebrated through several days with traditional food and desserts, parades, dragons and gifts.
Many believe that you are obliged to give all your loved ones money during the new year but only the unmarried ones get the money.
Children sleep with money under the pillow to bring fortune and good luck in the coming year.
The Chinese New Year is packed with symbolism . The color red is a main accent in the celebrations as the Nian, the centre monster of the new year was supposed to be scared of the color as well as fireworks. There can be no New Year without fireworks.
Another popular and well known celebration is the Lantern Festival which is celebrated on the fifteenth and last day of the New Year celebrations where big lanterns are released into the sky.
How you can celebrate Chinese New Year:
You don’t need to be Chinese to celebrate the Chinese New Year. You do not need a big budget either. Decorate your table with a red and golden theme, light a lot of candles, order Chinese take away and watch a Jackie Chan movie. Be sure to wish someone not married better luck in the coming year by handing them a red envelope with some money. Good deeds and cleansing your soul and your surroundings are essential.
Happy New Year!