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50 Facts About Chinese New Year

50 Facts About Chinese New Year

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    The beginning of Chinese New Year 2014 fell on January 31 and was celebrated across the world, but there is much more to this holiday than simply celebrating the beginning of a new year. Here are 50 incredible facts about Chinese New Year that you may not have known!

    The Festival

    The first day of Chinese New Year – or Spring Festival, as it’s also knows – falls between January 31st and February 21st, and lasts for fifteen days each of which plays an important role. For example, the second day of the celebrations is thought to be the birthday of all dogs.

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    Through Time And Across The World

    Although you may consider the year to be 2014, this Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the year 4712 in China. This year is also The Year Of The Horse, the last of which fell on 2002.

    Traditions

    During the New Year festivities, red envelopes filled with money are given to children for good luck. Red is the prominent colour of Chinese New Year, as it symbolises fire which is believed to ward of evil spirits. Many also get new hair cuts, so that evil spirits cannot recognise them and follow them into the new year.

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    Things To Avoid

    Cleaning, debts, borrowing, washing your hair, scissors and crying are all avoided during the festivities.

    Food

    As eight is considered a lucky number in China, eight courses are served during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Many also eat fish, uncut noodles, lobster, chicken and watermelon seeds, they may also display oranges outside their home to promote wealth.

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    Legends

    The order of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac is said to be decided due to a race, Rat is first as it’s said he rode on the back of the Ox, jumping in front of him at the finishing line.

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    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

    Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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    Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

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    Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

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