The Year of the Monkey

Can’t believe I haven’t posted a blog since the end of November! It’s a sign that we were super busy with Christmas online sales and craft fairs. January we had trade fairs and new stockists to meet with.

I was speaking with my friend and milliner, Amanda Byrne, on how February is really the start of the new year for her as December and January are so busy with the trade fair – Showcase Ireland. This got me thinking – February is the exact same for me. Christmas and January dictate to some extent how our businesses is set up for the year! How fitting then that, Chinese New year is usually sometime between end of Jan and mid Feb! This year it lands on the 8th of February, which is 3 days after my birthday on the 5th of February. So how fitting that my new year starts in February. So its celebrations and grand business and personal goals rather than resolutions for the Year of the Monkey.

Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival. Celebrating will start Sunday, New years Eve and continue for 15days until Lantern festival. I am sure the firecrackers and fireworks are going strong already : ). Everyone will also very busy cleaning out their houses to welcome the luck and good fortune into their homes. This week however, I found how out something new about Chinese New Year, I hadn’t heard before ‘Washing hair: Hair must not be washed on the first day of the lunar year. In the Chinese language, hair (发) has the same pronunciation and character as ‘fa’ in facai (发财), which means ’to become wealthy’. Therefore, it is seen as not a good thing to “wash one’s fortune away” at the beginning of the New Year.’

So apart from not washing my hair next Monday, we’ll probably celebrate Chinese new year by eating some Peking Style duck!

 

Note on http://www.liwujewellery.com, we have 10% off to celebrate Chinese New year  and Valentine’s until the 15th if February. Promo Code: FEB16

 

 

 

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