I found a great article about the Chinese New Year on CNN.com.   I thought I would share it along with these FABULOUS pictures of the lovely Emi !!  (Can you believe she hasn't modeled before???...  seriously, the camera LOVES her!!)  ENJOY!!!!

(From CNN.com)  Here's some background information about Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in many countries in Asia. It is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese lunisolar calendar.

Facts: 
February 8, 2016 - The year 4714 begins. It marks the first day of the New Year on the Chinese calendar.

2016 is the year of the Monkey.

    The Lunar New Year is celebrated during the second new moon after the winter solstice, usually between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar.

    Lunar New Year festivities begin on the first day of the first lunar month on the Chinese calendar and continue until the 15th of the lunar month, when the moon is full.

    Chinese legend holds that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on New Year's Day and named a year after each of the twelve animals that came. 

    The animals in the Chinese calendar are the dog, pig/boar, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, and rooster.

    Also, according to legend, people born in each animal's year have some of that animal's personality traits.

    Traditions:
    In China, the public holiday lasts three days, but celebrations take place over the entire 15 day period.

    Families gather together for meals, especially for a feast on New Year's Eve.

    Each day of the fifteen day celebration has its own traditions, such as visiting in-laws or staying home to welcome good fortune.

    Fireworks displays during Lunar New Year stem from a custom of lighting bamboo stalks on fire to ward off evil spirits. 

    Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word "luck" and orange sounds like the Chinese word for "wealth". Through the play of words, the Chinese give the gift of oranges and tangerines as a wish of happiness and prosperity.  The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold', so it also has a meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.  Tangerines and oranges are often displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants.

      In Chinese symbolism  , the poppy represents rest, beauty and success.

    In Chinese symbolism, the poppy represents rest, beauty and success.

      Glove puppetry   is a type of opera using cloth puppets   that originated during the 17th century

    Glove puppetry is a type of opera using cloth puppets that originated during the 17th century

      The Chinese have historically regarded carved-jade   objects as intrinsically valuable, and they metaphorically equated jade with purity and indestructibility.  ||   Chinese opera performers use exaggerated paints on their faces in the same way as ancient warriors did to scare the enemy; each color has a different meaning. They are used to symbolize a character's role, fate, and illustrate the character's emotional state and general character.    Pink symbolizes sophistication, and cool-headedness.

    The Chinese have historically regarded carved-jade objects as intrinsically valuable, and they metaphorically equated jade with purity and indestructibility.  || Chinese opera performers use exaggerated paints on their faces in the same way as ancient warriors did to scare the enemy; each color has a different meaning. They are used to symbolize a character's role, fate, and illustrate the character's emotional state and general character.  Pink symbolizes sophistication, and cool-headedness.

    Lunar New Year ends with the lantern festival, celebrated at night with displays and parades of painted lanterns.

    I can't thank Emi and her mom enough for all their help in creating these images showing the beauty of Emi's cultural heritage!!  

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!





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