Happy Chinese New Year! Today is officially the start of The Year of the Dragon. I know what you’re all thinking: but what does this Year of the Dragon business have to do with me? (First of all, find out if you were born in the Year of the Dragon here. If you weren’t, find out what your Chinese Zodiac sign is here.) Well, at least that’s what I was thinking. I was born in the Year of the Horse, which means I’m adaptable, intelligent, funny, diplomatic and a total workaholic. Oh, you don’t care? OK fine. Whinny, whinny. Stomp, stomp. (That was the Horse in me throwing a little tantrum.) After the jump, some things you need to know about these Dragon people who will be hogging the astrological spotlight all year long. Ahem, may I just point out that dragons aren’t even real? Keep reading »
In the Chinese calendar, 2010 was the year of the Tiger. If you’re feeling a little tuckered out after these past 12 months, that’s natural. It was quite a torrid affair—full of tumultuous mood swings, lots of hard work and over-the-top passionate adventures.
Yeah, we know. Phew.
We survived the drama, and even enjoyed it to a certain extent, but it’s time to move on to a calmer year and animal. Enter 2011. Come February 3, it’s the year of the Rabbit. Need a little schooling on what that means? Let’s take a look. Keep reading »
If your 2009 isn’t quite getting off to the start you’d been hoping, you get another chance today with the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, money is given in red envelopes to unmarried young people, bringing both the giver and the recipient good fortune — that’s why this Double Fast Luck Emotibomb from Lush is in the shape of a coin. Put it on the floor of your shower and a spicy-orange scent emits from it, along with (we hope) good luck for the new year. [$3.95, LushUSA.com] Keep reading »
The Chinese New Year (year 4707 on the Chinese calendar) begins on January 26, so why not throw a bash to celebrate “The Year of the Ox?” Who cares if you’re not Chinese or an ox? Winter is lasting way too long and we need a party up in here!
While the festivities surrounding Chinese New Year kick off on Monday (the first new moon of the year), they last for 15 days—so you’ve got a bit of time to pull it together. Here’s a rundown of all the décor must-dos, culinary traditions, go-to music and important Chinese customs so you can host the most smashing “Happy 4707 Party” ever! Keep reading »