Chinese astrology is considered to be the most ancient system in the world and is believed to be over 5000 years old. Each sign and those born under it, are represented by one of twelve animals, and each sign is given a set of attributes that the Chinese believe describe the nature of each particular animal.
January 28th starts the year of the Fire Rooster. For those of you that are Roosters, this will be a powerful year.
New Year, or the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China, is the longest and most important holiday in China. The Chinese New Year’s festivities end two weeks later on the 15th day of the first month on what is known as the Lantern Festival. (it is also known as the Chinese valentine day)
During the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, there are many traditional activities, some local and others celebrated universally. The Chinese believe that as they enter a new year, they should start a new beginning. People will wear new clothes and blast the firecracker to sound out the arrival of the new year. Other traditions include giving red packets to juniors/ kids, lion dance, temple visit to worship god for a blessed year, and family reunions/ gatherings etc.
Homes and Businesses throughout China are decorated (with cherry blossom and other plants) and special banners written in Chinese calligraphy, many of which are red and gold; the traditional representations of happiness and prosperity.
To celebrate the New Year, we've collected Chinese inspired design from around the globe that’s rich in history.
1930's Chinese interior via Tumblr