Gong Hei Fat Choy – The Year Of The Rat

This year, Chinese New Year officially begins on January 25 and ends on February 4, 2020. When the New Year begins, it will be the year of the Rat, the first of all the zodiac animals. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and abundance. Because the Rat is the first sign in Chinese Astrology, 2020 is also considered a year of new beginnings and renewals.

Chinese New Year often kicks off a surge in the real estate market. If you’d like to sell or buy a home in the coming months, Sue Heddle Homes can help. With more than a decade of experience as an Oakville realtor supporting clients all over Halton and the GTA, we’d be happy to chat with you about your needs. Contact us anytime!

8 Things You May Not Know About Chinese New Year

Did you now that Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the population? If you aren’t familiar with this important Chinese holiday, keep reading to learn more.

  1. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.
  2. There isn’t a set date for Chinese New Year because it is based on the lunar calendar.
  3. It is the longest Chinese holiday, lasting 15 days.
  4. While gifts may be exchanged during the Spring Festival, children always receive lucky money in red envelopes.
  5. People stay up on Chinese New Year’s Eve to set off firecrackers at midnight because they are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck. Firecrackers are used again in the morning to welcome the New Year and foster good luck.
  6. Families decorate their homes in red to scare away bad luck and unwelcome monsters.
  7. There are 12 Chinese zodiacs signs, and each animal sign represents an entire year.
  8. Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival.

Wishing You Good Luck And Good Fortune This New Year

Chinese New Year is all about spending time with family and preparing for a positive and prosperous year ahead. As we move into the next lunar year, Sue Heddle Homes wishes good luck and good fortune to you and your family.


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