Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and here at Organo Gold we’d like to wish everyone a happy new year. This new year is denoted as the Year of the Yin Green Wood Sheep (or Goat) in the Chinese Lunar calendar. The world over, people will celebrate the arrival of the new year with fireworks, parades, lantern lighting’s and much celebration.
Here are a few fun facts about Chinese New Year:
- There has been some confusion in 2015, as the upcoming new year has been dubbed the Year of the Sheep, the Year of the Goat and the Year of the Ram. That’s because the Chinese character for “yang” can be translated as all three of these animals.
- Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.
- The Year of the Sheep is said to be a year of beauty, art, romance and abundance.
- Those born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be artistic, charming, sensitive, and sweet.
- Some famous folk born in the Year of the Sheep include: Jane Austen, Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino, Barbara Walters, Bruce Willis, and Orville Wright.
- The Chinese New Year is, of course, celebrated by many nations in Asia and in the Chinese communities of countries the world over. It is estimated that one third of the world’s population celebrate Chinese New Year.
- Billions of people exchange the small red envelopes as a new year tradition. The small red envelopes or “hong bao” are filled with cash and are usually given by older people to younger people, or by bosses to their employees.
- In mainland China, the new year is one of the biggest travel times of the year, with an estimated 200 million people traveling for the holiday.
- Chinese New Year is also one of the biggest days in the world for fireworks. It is said that no single hour in any other country sees as many tons of fireworks lit as those fired-off in China around midnight on Chinese New Year. Traditionally, the flash and bang of firecrackers and fireworks are believed to scare away demons and evil ghosts.
A happy Chinese new year to everyone from all of us here at Organo Gold — we look forward to 2015 being a year of abundance and beauty.