Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is a tradition dating back over 4,000 years. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and celebrations begin on Saturday, 28 th January, running until 15 th February. What better way to celebrate than enjoying some fine Chinese teas?
According to legend, Chinese New Year traditions began as villagers took steps to ward off the mythical monster, Nian, which ate their children and livestock. The Nian was afraid of loud noises and anything the colour red, so as New Year approached, the villagers displayed red papers over windows and doors, hung up red lanterns, wore red clothes and used loud firecrackers to scare off the beast.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, other countries in Asia and the many Chinatowns across the globe – this makes up a sixth of the world’s population.
An important part of the festivities is the Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, where families all meet up for a feast to celebrate the year gone by and to look together to the year ahead. It’s considered an important time to be together as a family and many families travel a long distance to be together for this occasion.
There are 12 “houses” of the Chinese Zodiac, each with its own animal, divided up into years (rather than the Western Zodiac, which allocates one month to each.)
The Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac is characterised as clever, witty, lively and mischievous. It may not be the Year of the Monkey, but it’s a good time to enjoy a cup of White Monkey loose leaf green tea, grown on China’s Wuyi Mountain – we think you’ll find it a lively brew!
Another memorable sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the dragon, is thought to be charismatic and spiritual. A very popular and delicately flavoured green tea blend, Jasmine Dragon Pearls is grown in Northern Fujian, China. This tea has plenty of charm – what better tea to enjoy alongside a moment of spiritual calm?
The Rooster’s lucky colours are thought to be brown and gold. If you’re a Rooster and looking for a refreshing, relaxing cup of tea during the festivities, the golden colours of the Wildharvest Honeybush should bring you luck.
Chinese New Year is steeped in history and superstition. Here are just some of the Do’s and Don’ts during the celebrations:
Chinese New Year celebrations culminate in the Lantern Festival. This year, the UK is hosting Magical Lantern Festivals at Chiswick House in West London from 19 th January – 26 th February; at the Botanical Garden, Birmingham, from 25 th January – 2 nd February; and Yorkshire’s Roundhay Park from 25 th January – 2 nd February. Find out more at www.magicallantern.uk
Wishing you New Year Goodness!
新年好 / 新年好
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