Gong xi fa cai!

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Happy #ChineseNewYear to you all.

The Chinese calendar is lunisolar (which means time is based on the movements of both the moon and the sun) so the exact date for Chinese New Year varies every year. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 years (whereas ours is 12 months). Each year is associated with an animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig (people are said to be influenced by the personality of the animal that rules their birth year). Also one of the five vital elements: gold, water, wood, fire or earth.

It’s a time when many Chinese people think about building up good luck for the coming year. Some families will avoid doing certain things. Like not wearing old, damaged clothes so you don’t carry bad luck into the new year. Some will not wash laundry, handle knives, or take out the rubbish on this day to make sure they don’t throw their good fortune away.

It’s customary for adult children to travel home to be with their families. Around this time it is expected 2.9 billion trips will be made. There is a week long public holiday in China to give people the chance to do this.

The New Year’s Eve meal is very important. They will eat traditional foods like rice cakes, tangerines, fish, long noodles and dumplings. Parents give their unmarried children red envelopes filled with money. The colour red is a symbol of good luck.

The celebrations end on the 15th day of the New Year with the Festival of Lanterns.

This year it’s the year of the Fire Monkey.

Gary. Robyn. Born 1968 and 1992. This is you! It’s your year.

Quick witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.

But sorry it’s not going to be a good one! You need to be very cautious with your finances and not make investments. You also need to rest more and pay more attention to your health. You need to put effort into existing relationships and try to control your temper so that you don’t scare potential partners away!!!

Your lucky numbers are 1 and 6. Your compatible zodiac signs are Rat and Snake.

Let’s have a little look and see who you’re compatible with then.

Well what do you know. Julie and Hannah are Rats!! Born 1960 and 1996.

Intelligent, adaptable, quick witted, charming, artistic, sociable.

You have good business and career opportunities this year. Be careful who you trust as those with ulterior motives lurk around you. Try not to overwork yourself!!!! Be careful when signing contracts. Romance luck is good if you put in effort this year!

Your lucky number is 2. Your compatible zodiac signs are Ox, Rabbit and Dragon.

I’m a Sheep! So no compatibility with me. Born 1967.

Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.

Apparently I can look forward to much better luck than last year (I don’t think it is possible for me to get any luckier than I did last year is it?) I have strong windfall and romance luck, so long term investments should be considered. But uh oh, here comes the bad bit. I need to take extra caution with my health and safety as I might have accidents and illnesses 😫

My lucky numbers are 4 and 12. My compatible zodiac signs are Rabbit and Pig.

Emma your a Pig!!! Born 1995.

Honourable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.

You are going to have a slight improvement in luck from last year. Wealth luck is stable and you may get occasional windfalls. It is important to control your emotions. Love entanglements could also be stumbling blocks so try to avoid them or you will have trouble. Potential mates are all unsuitable this year.

Your lucky number is 4. Your compatible zodiac sign is Rabbit.

Lynda and Leah are Dogs!!! Born 1958 and 1994.

Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.

You both will have a challenging period this year. Be cautious in all matters, particularly wealth and business. Trust your instincts – if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. You may find yourself too preoccupied with other issues in your life to have much time for romance, so make sure you put in effort to keep existing relationships alive.

Your lucky number is 4. Your compatible zodiac sign is Rabbit. Exactly the same as Emma!

There doesn’t seem to be much compatibility between us all does there? It seems we need to all find some Rabbits!!!

Why not have a look and see which animal you are and how your year ahead is going to be.

Your horoscope

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