Wear red and celebrate Chinese New Year!

Wear red and celebrate Chinese New Year!

Wear red and celebrate Chinese New Year!

January 25th, 2020 is Chinese New Year, one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide with 20% of the world’s population joining in with the festivities!  New clothes are celebrated as part of the occasion; they are believed to bring good luck and signify a fresh start and those celebrating are often seen to wear new clothes on Chinese New Year’s Day, starting their new year with a fresh new look.  Red is an important colour associated with the festival and many people incorporate it into their wardrobes.  The significance of red as a colour originated from the legend of Nian, a ferocious half-lion, half-bull that used to invade villages attacking and eating livestock, children and crops.  The villagers learnt that Nian was scared of fire, noise and the colour red, so once he was defeated, red was considered a good luck colour, bringing good fortune to all.  So why not join in the celebrations with Designer Childrenswear and wear red this Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

2020 is the year of the Rat.  The Rat is the 1st of all the Zodiac animals with legend suggesting that the Jade Emperor, one of the representations of the first god in Chinese culture, said the order of the Zodiac animals would be determined by the order in which they arrived at his party.  The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride to the party, jumping off his back just as he reached the finish line, crossing first.  In terms of ying and yang, the rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.  Rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus in Chinese cultures, with married couples often praying to them due to their reproductive rate.

Characterisitics of those born in the year of the rat

  • Optimistic and energetic and liked by all
  • Sensitive to other people’s emotions with a kind personality
  • Weak communication skills which sometimes make them appear impolite and rude
  • They like to save but are keen hoarders so can sometimes be quite frivolous with money.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival, which marks the end of the coldest days in the country.  This is based on the Lunar Calendar (a calendar based upon the monthly cycles of the moon’s phases) which is still extremely important in China and sees all traditional holidays and days such as the Winter Solstice celebrated.  As a result of this, Chinese New Year is not a set date each year and the exact date ranges from January 21st to February 20th depending on the cycles and phases of the moon.  This year’s Chinese New Year takes place on January 25th.

Red is an important colour for Chinese New Year

Alongside the codes of dress, red is a significant colour used throughout Chinese New Year in decoration.  Red lanterns are hung, chilli-peppers are strung, and red paper is pasted onto doors and windows in honour of the festival.  As well as this, children are given gifts of money in red envelopes, packets or pockets as a way of transferring good fortune to them from their elders.  This tradition is also shared between bosses and their co-workers and groups of friends spreading good fortune to all.

Wear red for Chinese New Year on January 25th 2020! Shop our fabulous selection of red clothing here

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