Every year our company hosts a winter celebration in January for everyone and their spouses. We don’t have a standard Christmas party in December but do have other festivities at the office to celebrate the holiday season. January is an ideal month to host a company party because people have more time available then they do just before the holidays. It is quite an event each year and a lot of planning goes into it. The women get all dressed up, some even purchase new cocktail dresses and even have their hair done, the men are all in suits and ties. There is usually a DJ or a band playing for entertainment and as the night goes on many are found dancing to the music in the late hours.
This year our winter celebration was last night and it landed on the same day as the Chinese New Year. Having an International department we have quite a few Chinese people working with us, so with their help our Winter Celebration also became a Chinese New Year Celebration.
As everyone arrived they were presented with a red envelope and inside was a card and a copy of Chinese money made 300 years ago, a coin with a hole in it.
The card read:
In China, red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings, such as weddings or holidays like the Chinese New Year. Chinese regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness, good lunch and to ward off evil spirits. Wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers.
It is said that coins with holes are especially auspicious. An old superstition tells us that if you always carry a coin with a hole in your purse or pocket you will never be without money. The coin in the envelope is a copy of the Chinese money made 300 years ago.
We hope that the lucky coin in the red envelope with bring you happiness, health and good luck in 2017.
After learning it was the Year of the Rooster I also found out it is a Fire Rooster Year.
In Chinese astrology every zodiac year is associated with an animal sign and one of the five elements Gold, Wood, Water, Fire or Earth. Both the zodiac sign and the element become the astrology for the year. So for 2017 it is a Fire Rooster Year. These element-sign combinations only occur every 60 years.
As many of us were discussing the Chinese New Year at the party I learned that along with several of my co-workers I am a Rooster because I was born in a year of the Rooster.
It was a fun evening and it was a great way to learn about another culture and their celebrations.
Today I spent some time reading about the year of the Rooster, it was quite interesting except for the part that said the year of one’s birth sign is is the most unlucky year in the 12 year cycle. But the good news is that there ward off bad luck and there are things you can do to be lucky in your sign year. Thank goodness for that. I think I will pay attention to the list and makes this a great year!!!