Tonight is New Years eve according to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. It marks the end of the Ox ( my Zodiac sign) and the beginning of the Tiger.
They say Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.
Like their eponymous zodiac animal, people born in years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good.
What this means for me is that I have to clean clean and clean more. It is superstition in Chinese culture that you must sweep away all the “Bad Luck” from the previous year to make room for the new luck of this year. This also means the first day of the new year we are not allowed to clean. I believe the literal translation is “It is forbidden to sweep or clean on this day, else good fortune will be swept away. “
New years eve is spent with family, good food and good company. We give out red envelopes to the children and we wait for the new year to arrive. So from my Family to yours, Happy Lunar New Year!