Wishing you great happiness and prosperity!
The true translation of Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Just in case you are new to Musings of a Girly Tomboy or couldn’t tell by my tan complexion, I am half Chinese. I grew up with Chinese grandparents who were very superstitious and celebrated this day fully, with all the trimmings! I miss those days and them, to say the least. But I know that taking the time to acknowledge this special day and trying to celebrate it in my own way AND by creating memories for my family (who are not Chinese at all) I am making them proud.
2018, year of the Dog! This website was a good all-in-one for all things year of the Dog:
Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.
Personality and characteristics
A Dog’s most defining characteristic is their loyalty. They will never abandon their friends, family or work.
Honest and just, they are popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. They are also good at helping others find and fix their bad habits.
Despite how they act, they are worried and anxious inside. However, they will not let this stop them. Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it.
Men born in the Dog year are straightforward and genuine. They are energetic, though they’re more pessimistic inside.
Very opinionated, they’re always ready to correct others and defend their stance. It’s not that they want to show off. They just feel it’s necessary to help others realize their mistakes.
These men care deeply for their family. Their stubbornness fades in the face of their loved ones. They work to understand and compromise, resulting in a harmonious family life.
Women born in the Dog year are very cautious. They are indifferent towards people they don’t like, and don’t trust easily. But once they do, it’s permanent. They are intensely protective of their friends and family.
They are genial and independent. They love outdoor activities and being in nature. However, they are also hard workers and don’t give up until they succeed. Security and a stable income are her requirements for a career.
Lucky things for Dogs
- Colors: green, red, purple
- Numbers: 3, 4, 9
- Mineral: emerald
- Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
- Directions of wealth: southeast
- Directions of love: south
- Colors: blue, brown
- Numbers: 1, 7, 8
*All of these were borrowed from the aforementioned website.
I find all this stuff so interesting. I don’t know if I necessarily believe it all, sorry Poh Poh and Gong Gong, but I do love that it is there for me to think about. Were you born in the year of the Dog?
I also thought I’d share some info on lai see (Cantonese), the red envelopes that are given out during the lunar year celebration.
To be honest, I didn’t even follow all the rules when I sent my lovebugs lai see with their Valentine’s Day cards — I decided to do a combo treat this year and send them together. I did NOT send crisp new bills, which I felt bad about after realizing the significance. Say whaaat? They have an app for sending red envelopes now, WeChat! That’s crazy…I’m sure my grandparents are rolling in their graves knowing that :/
This article provided a great breakdown of it all and then some:
Actually, the significance of red envelopes is the red paper, not the money inside. Wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. Hence, it is impolite to open a red envelope in front of the person who gives it to you.
Receiving a Red Envelope
1. Always receive your red envelope with both hands. It is impolite to accept a red envelope with just one hand.
2. When you receive a red envelope, you should express thanks and greet the giver with a pleasing, auspicious phrase. Click to learn some Chinese New Year popular greetings.
3. Never open your red envelope in front of the person who just gave it to you. You should do it in private or when you get home.
**All of these were borrowed from the aforementioned website.
#3 is really important for me to share with you. I know those who are not Chinese do not know this, but I wanted to share it with you. I know kids (and sometimes adults) are excited to receive the envelopes and tear them open, but this is a teaching moment. Teach them patience and to respect the culture, by opening it at home. No harm no foul if they someone doesn’t know this, but now you do 🙂
Not gonna lie, I’m glad Chinese New Year wasn’t on Ash Wednesday this year. The last couple of years have bee
n hard to celebrate with the fasting tradition of Ash Wednesday. Buuuut, it is on a Friday, so no meat AND I could possibly be allergic to seafood, so I can’t eat seafood right now. Essentially none of my fave Chinese food dishes today 🙁
No matter if you are or are not celebrating today, I wish you all the prosperity and good things to come in the new lunar year!
And to boot, the Year of the Dog is a great year for Pigs too!