Celebrating Chinese New Year & Year of the Goat

For me, Chinese New Year is a nostalgic time. It brings back warm memories of my extended family gathered together, eating dumplings, drinking tea, laughing, feasting and receiving new clothes and red envelopes filled with money for good luck. The anticipation of Chinese New Year also brings about a feeling of excitement for the abundance and opportunities to come in the New Year.

This year, February 19 marks the start of the Year of the Goat, which is affiliated with the wood element. The Year of The Goat is associated with creativity, patience, peacefulness and a harmonious co-existence with others. This is an opportunity to do our part in the world, within our homes, neighborhoods, and within our own selves, to ensure that peace is maintained and creativity is allowed to flourish. Though Chinese New Year is not a major holiday here in the United States, I still feel the special and joyous quality of this time of the year, and welcome in the energy of the Year of the Goat.

In preparation for Chinese New Year many auspicious rituals are performed. Some of this observances include cleaning and redecorating the home, cutting one’s hair, visiting fortune tellers and paying off debts. In essence, it’s best to start the New Year with a clean slate and clean home!

Feelings of generosity and appreciation abound during Chinese New Year, as families reunite. For some, this is the only time of year to be home with family. This treasured time spent with our loved ones generates the feelings of warmth and joy that surround this holiday. With this Spirit, I wish you all an auspicious and prosperous New Year! And best of luck at this time of renewal and reflection.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

–  Wei

Those with birthdays in 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015 are born in the year of the Goat.