Is this the year of your Zodiac?
Happy Chinese New Year!
Here at Amberjack, we love cultural traditions. Chinese New Year is full of tradition, storytelling, and fun celebrations.
The entire holiday was built around the story of a mythical beast and a brave old man. The monster, Nian, would hide secluded in the sea until the end of the Lunar year when he would emerge onto the land to hunt villagers and livestock. The villagers had learned to hide in terror, until one year an old wanderer came to town and was unaffected by the fear in the town. He did not hide himself, but instead hung red papers all around, dressed in red robes, and set up firecrackers. When the beast appeared that evening, nobody was about, the beast saw the red hanging all around him and was threatened. He became angry just before the fireworks were set. As the cracking went on around him, the old man appeared in his red robes, unafraid and laughed at the creature. Nian ran away in fear and the villagers emerged the next day to find everything the way they had left it. The old man was considered a deity who had come to teach them how to protect themselves, and the tradition of hanging red papers and setting off fireworks have continued for thousands of years.
Chinese New Year is a great celebration of family and community. Here’s a list of some great children’s books for all the stories and traditions of Spring Festival to share with the kids in your life.
And be sure to learn your Chinese Zodiac! Happy year of the Rooster!
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic.
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic.
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.