Celebrate the Year of the Dog with a Chinese New Year Party
Looking for something lively and fun to do in February, that also ties in with your resolutions to live more consciously by staying connected to your mind/body/spirit this year?
How about chasing those Winter Blues away by throwing a Chinese New Year Party?
This year, the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog is on Friday, February 16, 2018
The New Year date changes each year similar to Easter, as the new year is based on a lunar calendar and so it fluctuates according to the moon cycle.
The Chinese New Year always starts on a New Moon cycle, to reflect new beginnings and a fresh start.
So you may be thinking….
How will celebrating the Chinese New Year help me focus on living a more Awakened and Conscious lifestyle?
1. This festival and celebration is based upon heralding the return of Spring! It’s full of life and vitality and positive expectations.
2. The focus of the celebration is on prosperity and abundance for the coming year. Participants wear new outfits to express a new start in life and give each other red envelopes filled with money, to activate wealth and good fortune.
3. In fact, red is the predominant color of the festival in clothing, interior design, and festival decor. Red is the symbol of prosperity in Chinese culture.
4. In a very “Eat, Pray, Love” type of experience, certain symbolic foods like fish are served, prayers are said in the temples to ensure good luck, and the focus is on spending time with family and friends.
5. Chinese Astrology announces the year of one of the 12 astrological signs. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Find your Chinese Astrological Sign and what it means for you in the coming year.
So back to throwing that party…
1. Invite family and friends to your party by sending out invitations in the traditional red envelopes. Inside the invitation, include one of these red envelopes. Ask them to tuck a gift of some financial form in this red envelope, (cash, lottery tickets, gift certificates) and bring it with them to the party. Set a dollar amount if you’d like so that everyone feels comfortable.
2. At the party, place the red envelopes into a gold bowl. Later, the bowl is passed around the table and each person chooses an envelope, selecting their good fortune for the year.
3. Food is easy, order from your favorite local Chinese restaurant and have it delivered. Ask for lots of extra fortune cookies to pass around and make some Chinese tea. Then make a toast to everyone’s good fortune with some Lucky Buddha Beer.
4. World Market has everything you need to throw a casual Chinese New Year Party with friends. One of my favorite items that they carry are these adorable Chocolate Chinese Zodiac Gold Medallions
List the corresponding years with each sign so that everyone can find out which animal of the zodiac they are according to the year of their birth. List the descriptions of each sign’s characteristics and what their horoscope is for 2018. Also print out an explanation of this year’s animal, the Dog and what the Year of the Dog means for each sign.
And that’s it! Try these easy tips to pull together a fun little dinner party to celebrate and toast to good luck and prosperity with family and friends!
Wishing you all a Year of Happiness and Prosperity!