Last Updated: 7th January, 2019
Chinese New Year is linked with the Chinese zodiac symbols. The Chinese zodiac or sheng xiao is basically a repeating cycle of 12 years. Each year of the Chinese New Year is represented by an animal and each symbol has its own importance according to the customs and traditions. There is a deep meaning associated with each symbol. It is believed that the symbols bring happiness and prosperity in people's lives as they have lucky meanings. The animals are also associated with certain characteristics. People born as per a given year possess certain resembling traits. Click the animal signs given below to learn more about each zodiac animal.
Chinese Lunar Calendar is dependant on the moon cycles and is constructed in a different fashion altogether than the Western solar calendar.
This symbol of Chinese New Year depicts dates of both the Gregorian (Western) calendar and the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Otherwise known as Hong-Bao, money is put inside these envelopes and handed over to children and adults on Chinese New Year.
It has the same spirit as that of the New Year presents.
A very old New Year symbol for the Chinese, spring couplets are traditionally written with black ink on red paper and hung in front of the doors before the New Year day.
Bringing best wishes and fortune along with it, they happen to be an important Chinese New Year symbol.
This symbol of Chinese New Year denotes courage and hope.
Colors are important to Chinese culture as they are endowed with lucky meanings. The color Red symbolizes good health, fortune, and happiness
Yellow is reserved for royalty. Clothing and objects that are yellow in color still resemble a higher social status.The color Yellow symbolizes good luck and heroism.
This square of red paper adorned with Fu character represents good fortune and is usually seen placed on the outer side of one's home.
Fishes are used as a common decorative material during the Chinese New Year. There is a popular saying "nián nián yǒu yú in Chinese, which means “may you have fish every year".
It is the most popular craft used in decoration during the New Year. Usually, red papers are used for decorations.
There are many types of lanterns made of paper or cloth usually. They are decorated with black and gold calligraphy and prosperous symbols.
Earlier fireworks were used for driving beasts away but in modern times they are used to celebrate happiness and are frequently used for weddings and other occasions.
He is a traditional deity, believed to be the protector of the family. He is widely revered; pictures of kitchen god are hung above the fire in the kitchen at homes.
Painting or pictures of The God of Gates are hung on the doors during the New Year. It is believed the God of Gates guards the people against evil spirits and bring good luck.
The God of Money is the Chinese God of Wealth. It is believed that he brings wealth to those who revere him.