Wishing you all a Happy Chinese New Year 2018. A time to celebrate and enjoy with loved ones, marked by the arrival of a new moon. Read on for more on the traditional festivities, what it means to have been born in the 'Year of the Dog', and some JING tea recipes, inspired by Chinese cuisine.
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018
A New Lunar Year
Chinese New Year dawns on the eve of a new lunar year, marked by a new moon. It is the peak of the spring festival that runs for two weeks and is part of one of the largest migrations of people each year as they travel to visit friends and family across the country and world. Huge celebrations are had - fireworks, dragon dances, and plenty of food - to ward away bad luck, inviting good fortune into the next year.
Find out more about Chinese New Year traditions on the JING tea blog.
THE CHINESE ZODIAC CYCLE
Year of the Dog
According to the Chinese Zodiac, to have been born in the Year of the Dog represents the following characteristics: independent, sincere, communicative and loyal. There are twelve Chinese zodiac animals, each representing different traits, and this repeats in a twelve year cycle, meaning the next Year of the Dog will be in 2030.
Each animal is also associated with an element - earth, fire, water or air - the Year of the Dog representing 'earth'. What's more, the Chinese Zodiac is also filtered by Four Pillars - the year, the month, the day, and the hour in which you were born. Complex astrological charts can be determined from this information and more - needless to say, there's much more detail to understand in the twelve animals in the zodiac than meets the eye.
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What tea to drink at Chinese New Year
Pu Erh Tea
There's plenty of food at Chinese New Year - the Chinese eat well at this time, as they intend to go on in the coming year; in abundance.
Pu erh Tea is particularly popular for its digestive properties. We recommend JING Royal Cooked 1990s Pu Erh. It's spicy, supple and indulgent; a result of extended ageing of the robust Yunnan cultivar.