It's Time to Embrace the Rat!

Our Weekly 2 Minute Read

Edition 82 - January 26, 2020


Happy Lunar New Year!

This marks the end of winter’s coldest day in faith that there will be great planting and growing seasons for a future harvest.

This means it’s time for spring festival; which begins with the first new moon of the Lunar Calendar and ends with the first full moon of the Lunar Calendar. The festival usually lasts around 15 days which makes it one of the longest holidays in China and the Asian countries that celebrate Lunar New Years.

Traditionally it is a time to gather with family and eat wonderful food.

Cleaning is done New Years Eve to cleanse away the past in preparation for a good start to the year.

Red lanterns are displayed, dragons dancing outside and fireworks are prevalent to ward away evil such as the “nian”.

The New Year also symbolizes a new zodiac animal out of the 12 animals identified during the Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago.

It is currently the year of the rat today which has a variety of different meanings depending on which zodiac sign a person falls under.

It is always fun to research what kind of fortunes are coming in the foreseeable future before beginning a new year.

Some fortunes will be good and some fortunes will be bad.

However, one can still have faith that things can work out well through the dynamic nature of life.

A wise man once said, embrace your faith and you will starve your fears.

Faith is good virtue to embrace as it will give you the optimism for a bright future.

Optimism can help in positive self-fulfilling prophecies.

It is estimated that currently 1.4 billion people are currently celebrating Lunar New Years.

If you’re one of those 1.4 billion, I wish you the strength of faith in the New Year.

Let’s make the year of the rat a great one!