The good thing about this time of year is if you haven't gotten around to starting all the new goals of the year you wanted, you get a second chance.
Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the new year, which begins January 29. Lunar New Year is a celebration of change, rings in all the good, closes out all the bad. Often, we hear Chinese New Year, which is partly accurate. Many Asian countries, including Korea and Vietnam, celebrate the Lunar New Year, not just China. This is the Year of the Dog.
Besides red envelopes, gold coins, dragon dances, firecrackers, and red clothing (all representing luck and prosperity), I love reading about the various characteristics of the animals represented by the Lunar New Year calendar. These are part of a small handout my office puts together (original source unknown) about Lunar New Year.
Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
Noble and true, the Dog will fight to mend all that is unjust. A loyal and faithful friend, they will make any sacrifice for the sake of another. A hard worker, they will never abandon their post. A genuine listener and confidant, the Dog is the keeper of all secrets.
Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
Self-reliant and independent, the Rooster is not one to seek counsel. They are confident and aggressive and are most at home in a crowd. A perfectionist, they leave no detail undocumented. Roosters will never abandon their dreams.
Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
Clever and quick-witted, the Monkey is successful in every endeavor. Inquisitive by nature, they are constantly seeking new opportunities and adventure. Their intellect and versatility allow them to adapt to any situation. Many are entertained by the monkey's good humor and mischievous spirit.
Ram (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
Gentle and docile, the Ram is sincere and kind-hearted. A pacifist, they are never one to question authority. Fueled by compassion, they admire all of nature's beauty. Rams strive to create a secure and tranquil environment.
Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
A free spirit, Horse people cherish their independence. Always on the move, it is hard to slow them down. Given the power of persuasion, they can obtain whatever they desire. Horses need constant stimulation to appease their wild soul.
Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
A natural philosopher, the Snake is blessed with a profound wisdom. Always on a mission, they are dedicated to their chosen quest. Seductive and mysterious, many are blinded by their hypnotic charm. Snakes have an unforgettable elegance and style.
Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
Never cautious, the Dragon is not afraid when faced with a challenge. They will defend and protect any cause close to their heart. Confident and strong, they enter all battles unassisted. Dragons are known for their powerful and majestic spirit.
Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
Wise and insightful, Rabbit people possess a deep understanding of others. Not one to take risks, they are cautious when making decisions. A protector of diplomacy, they seek compromise to all conflicts. Their creativity and style keep them surrounded by beauty.
Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
Brave and courageous, the Tiger is ready for any challenge. Nothing can tame their adventurous and rebellious spirit. A supreme optimist, they pursue their goals with fierce intensity. Tigers are admired for their vibrant and playful personality.
Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
The keeper of tradition, the Ox maintains a classic and sophisticated style. Iron-willed, they remain true to their beliefs. A strong leader, their hard work and dedication is an inspiration to all. Ox people never stray from their chosen path.
Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1973, 1984, 1996, 2008)
Full of charm, the Rat is the object of admiration. A true sentimantalist, family and friends remain close to their heart. Their intellect and foresight bring success with money and work. Rats are constant seekers of new ventures and travel.
Boar (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
Pure of heart, Boar people are generous and kind. Full of inner strength and courage, they can take on any task. A friend who listens, the Boar is sincere and trustworthy. They are driven by their passion and pleasure for life.
Enjoy Lunar New Year celebrations, which start Sunday, January 29.... though many restaurants and households will be crowded with huge New Years dinners and celebrations on Saturday evening.