Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries outside China and the “Chinatowns” worldwide. For example, when I was living in Japan, every new year I bought a wood plate with the animal of the year painted on it. I usually bought them at the Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji near the Harajuku Station in Tokyo.
Many Japanese are very flexible with the religion: They mix Shintoism , Catholicism and Buddhism and they believe strongly in Chinese Zodiac but also they think blood type determines the personality. Like O+ is a very open person etc.
Participating in those traditions plays an important part in enjoying a new culture but also it is a great topic for networking. If you don’t want to ask the age a person directly, you can ask her Chinese animal and calculate the year or birth. For those who are not familiar with Chinese Zodiac, every 12 years you have the same animal associated with one of the 5 elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth. So a complete cycle is 60 years.
This year is my year, I was born in the year of the rabbit and according to Chinese horoscope, many people will have better luck in the coming year than in 2010.
Good Luck To You, Family and Friends !
- Chinese New Year (cbsnews.com)
- The Chinese New Year: what should you expect in the Year of the Rabbit? (telegraph.co.uk)