The 2016 Chinese New Year Day is on February 8th, 2016. This day is a new moon day, and is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. This is the Year of Monkey, or some people say 2016 is a Red Monkey or Fire Monkey year. The Hua Hin Municipality is helping everyone here to join in the celebrations.
There will be a grand parade and at the Phonkingphet Public Park from 4.30 pm on February 7th with a magic show and a battle between the dragon and lion with audience participation, then the dragon and lion procession around the town. The Mayor and administrative officials dress in ancient Chinese costumes. After the official opening all parades move along Petchakasem Road to Chat Chai Market on Petchakasem Road then around the market back to Phonkingphet Park.
Enquiries can be made at the Department of Education Religion and Culture Division of Hua Hin Municipality
Tel. 0 32511047 to 403.
The most important days of celebration are:
Chinese New Year’s Eve (February 7th); 除夕 Chúxī /choosshee/ ‘Excluded Evening’ on the Chinese calendar): the day of family reunions. Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelops to kids, staying up late to watch CCTV’s New Year Gala. New Year Day Chinese New Year’s Day (February 8th); 初一 Chūyī /choo-ee/ ‘First One’ on the Chinese calendar): the day of (close) family visits and New Year greetings. New Year Day 2 (February 9th) involves visiting friends or relatives, with firecrackers for greeting guests and before dinner. New Year Day 3 (February 10th): More visiting friends and relatives in the city or friends and family in nearby villages.
The Monkey’s Personality
They are problem solvers, working with their group while simultaneously demonstrating independence associated with achievers. The nimble monkey is playful, youthful in nature, and is a joy to watch as they move from activity to activity. All the animals have a shadow side, and the Monkey is no exception. The problem solving tendencies can turn the Monkey to being a tricky tactician, opportunistic and not all that trustworthy. The youthfulness hides an unscrupulous adolescent, and the independence can turn to unfaithfulness.
THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY 2016
The positive and negative quality of the Monkey Year 2016 means a year when anything can happen. There is little point in storing up goods or planning one’s life. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Although a lively, optimistic and progressive year where finances, politics, and real estate should see an upturn, there will be a decided undercurrent of insecurity. Everyone wants to work the shrewdest angle, get the best deal, and win big. However, business decisions made this year should be based on fact, not emotion. On the individual level, do go ahead with your life. Move forward, make strides, and stretch out for what may lay ahead. The Year of the Monkey 2016 is a time for business considered as risky, and here the seeds of unplanned success lays. Run with ideas, embrace the inventive, and don’t look back.
Red envelopes, known as hong bao in Mandarin, are small packets filled with money that are given to young children by their elders. These red envelopes represent good luck, happiness and abundance. In some cases, it is also given to unmarried and unemployed adults to give them hope and encouragement.
The Chinese consider themselves as descendants of this mythical and majestic creature who represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune. The dance itself, dating back to the Han Dynasty, was believed to be a harvest tradition and brings about good health, prosperity and good luck. Fireworks With its loud explosions and bright lights, fireworks are believed to scare away evil and negative spirits. Fireworks have been an integral part of the Chinese New Year celebrations for many years, but because of the rising occurrence of accidents, many countries have banned the public use of fireworks. Instead, big displays are organized for the public to view.
Homes are thoroughly cleaned before the New Year in order to remove any traces of negativity and start over with a clean slate. The New Year is also a time for family to come together . Food is an integral part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, particularly on the Chinese New Year’s Eve. It is one of the most important family gatherings, and is often hosted by the most senior member of the family.
Food for Good Fortune
The foods that are prepared and served are often chosen because of how similar their names sound to things that are auspicious and good. For example, mandarin oranges are a popular fruit not only because it is in season but also because its name sounds close to the word that means “luck” or “fortune”. Chicken based dishes are also served in the belief that all families, no matter their social or economic standing, should be able to afford this meat. Fish dishes are also served, but usually left for last and often not eaten in its entirety.
This is because the word “fish” sounds like “abundance”, and leaving some of it for the next day means that the family will receive abundant blessings in the coming year. Niangao or New Year cake is a glutinous rice delicacy that is traditionally most popular during this season because its consumption is considered to be good luck. Its name sounds like.