ALACAZEM: Happy Chinese Lunar New Year Of The Monkey 4714
Kong Hei Fatt Choy! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Monkey* 4714
The Chinese Lunar New Year begins each year at sunset on the evening following the second New Moon after Winter Solstice, which almost always takes place in the zodiac sign of Aquarius. This year, the Chinese Lunar New Year begins at sunset on Februray 8th following the 19°16’ Aquarius New Moon at 7:39 am MST earlier that morning.
Throughout Asia and all over the globe, celebrations and rituals take place in honor and hope of a New Year filled with good luck, good fortune and good health. Dragon dances, firecrackers, feasting, lanterns and the bright colors of red and orange are found everywhere. Family gatherings honor the living and dead, it’s a time of feasting and “warmth.” Older family members give younger family members red envelopes filled with money, good wishes are shared and fish is the chosen carte du jour, as it is believed to guarantee prosperity and happiness in the coming year.
Cleaning house and home in the days prior to the sunset advent of the New Year is also a time-honored tradition as it is thought to prevent disease and discomfort for those who live within, and it is advised to refrain from taking medicine during the first 24 hours of the New Year, as it is thought you will be sick all year if you do!
So get out your brightest red dress and shoes, orange shirts and jackets and celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year of the Monkey 4714. [How sweet it is the Broncos “Orange Crush” colors fill the bill!] Get out the brooms, light the lanterns, find the fireworks and cook some fish. Gung hey fat choy!
*The Monkey is intelligent, witty and inventive. [Those born in 2016, 2004, 1992…and subsequent derivatives of 12] Excellent problem solvers, Monkeys work well with groups while simultaneously demonstrating the independence it takes to be individually successful. Playful and youthful in nature, they are clever, curious and creative. Although the Monkey is somewhat revered in the Buddhist tradition, they are also regarded as a symbol of trickery. Years of the Monkey are times when “anything can happen” as everything is in flux. Expect the unexpected and keep your mind and heart open!
And for those of you interested in the upcoming 2016 Year Ahead Forecast for all zodiac signs, stay tuned. Ms. Zehm is busy at work, writing a rather long, extensive look into the game-changing, past, present and future effects of the powerful Uranus-Pluto square, as well as the upcoming Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn T-square and the unusually long retrograde period of Mars in the upcoming year. In the meantime, celebrate life and love, joy, peace and prosperity, keep your eyes out for Monkeys – you never know what they might do! – and for fun, check out this sweet video song of wishes for the lunar year…
The Chinese Lunar New Year Song: [Kong Hei Fatt Choy]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D5afVVBjY4
Kong Hei Fatt Choy, Kong Hei Fatt Choy, Sing Happy New year, Kong Hei Fatt Choy
The New Moon tells us exactly when, to celebrate with family and friends
Clean up the house and get out the broom, sweep out the old year, bring in the New…
Bring out the apples, the oranges too. Their colors bring us joy and good luck too.
The Dragon dances, the lanterns light, the firecrackers, light up the night.
Kong Hei Fatt Choy, Kong Hei Fatt Choy, Sing Happy New Year, Kong Hei Fatt Choy.
Cynthia Hansen Zehm
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