How about chasing those Winter Blues away by throwing a Red Hot Chinese New Year Party?
This year, the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey is on February 8, 2016.
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.
How will celebrating the Chinese New Year help me focus
on living a more Awakened and Conscious lifestyle?
There are many reasons and I’ve broken them down into this Easy List…
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. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. Find your Chinese Astrological Sign and what it means for you in the coming year.
So back to throwing that party…
This might be one of the Easiest Theme Parties to throw, Here’s How:
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, all of the red envelopes are placed 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 2016. Also print out an explanation of this year’s animal, the Monkey and what the Year of the Monkey 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!
Send me pics if you throw a little party, I’d love to see how you celebrated in style.
Wishing you all a Year of Happiness and Prosperity!