Any new start is the perfect chance to feel better emotionally and physically. The Lunar New Year falls on February 10 this year, which could be the perfect time to explore different habits. Everyone will use the upcoming year of the dragon in 2024 to uproot anything making them feel stuck, especially if you feel stale energy in your life.
Learn everything you need to know about creating and sustaining better energy to achieve your goals this year. Intentional habits and mindful learning about super-healing flowers is an easy, effective place to start. You’ll strengthen your connection with yourself while sipping on your favorite flower teas.
What Is the Year of the Wood Dragon?
The Lunar New Year assigns a different animal to the upcoming 12 months. Different cultures have their own Lunar New Year calendars, so make sure to keep in mind when determining what your upcoming year holds.
The calendar for the Chinese New Year of 2024 declares the wood dragon as this year’s animal. The dragon represents power, success and luck, especially for things just starting to develop.
Each animal has elemental subcategories. This year’s dragon is the wood dragon, meaning that the typical definition also symbolizes humanity’s ability to grow, progress and achieve greater things. Anyone who feels stuck and needs forward momentum in their life can use the wood dragon as inspiration to make the progress they want.
When Is Chinese New Year?
The Chinese New Year occurs every year in February, but the specific date can change due to the varying lunar cycles. This year, it’s February 10. It signifies the start of another 12 months where anything is possible, especially if your lifestyle changes keep the Chinese New Year animals in mind.
Each year’s animal hints at what’s to come. The wood dragon claiming 2024 promises positive change. 2023’s rabbit symbolized a year of grace and cordiality.
Who Celebrates the Lunar New Year?
People in China and international communities with Chinese residents celebrate the Lunar New Year’s meaning and date. Other cultures mark the turning of the year with the lunar phases as well. People in South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei also have Lunar New Year celebrations.
However, in China they may decorate their homes with Chinese New Year animals and paper cuttings in red or gold. Both colors are lucky, as red represents the life-sustaining energy of blood, fire and the sun, while yellow represents the power of emperors.
Colors and symbolic decorations are essential Chinese New Year traditions you can integrate into your own celebrations. Brew yourself some flower-based tea and sip from a red mug as the clock strikes midnight. You’ll begin improving your connection with nature while wearing your coziest pajamas.
How Long is the Lunar New Year?
The Year of the Dragon 2024 lasts 12 months, but the Lunar New Year is 15 days long to match the lunar calendar. It often ends with a Lantern Festival in China, which you could attend in town or host at home with candles and delicious rice balls.
Year of the Wood Dragon Symbolism
The Year of the Dragon 2024 symbolizes 12 months of success, good fortune and courage bestowed by the noble creature that distributes blessings. It’s an uplifting year, especially because it’s a wood dragon. Wood references everyone’s innate ability to grow within themselves, make positive progress, achieve their dreams and expand in ways they never thought possible.
Ways to Usher in the New Year
You don’t need a lifetime of Lunar New Year celebrations to enjoy how time shifts into the dragon’s domain. Use these ideas to usher in the new year, banish stale energy and welcome more prosperity into your life.
Serve Red Foods
Delicious meals and beverages are the perfect ways to celebrate anything in life. Lean into the lucky nature of red by serving foods in shades of the gorgeous color. You could provide a plate of bruschetta topped with bright red tomatoes. Feast on lobster to boost your immune system while savoring the meat hidden within the red shells. You could even finish your meal with red velvet cookies to start Chinese New Year traditions that work no matter the year’s animal or element.
Symbolize Your Goals
What do you need to move forward in life? Wealth could propel you to greater things, so symbolize achieving it with your New Year celebrations and habits. Chrysanthemums represent longevity and wealth, which you could enjoy with flower packets that ease inflammation while harnessing the flower’s symbolic power.
The sweet aroma and subtle flavor will carry you into the Chinese New Year of 2024 with renewed clarity.
Infuse Your Home With Positivity
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses rose petals to infuse a person or home with warming energy. Warmth eases tension from the body, which could be what’s making you feel physically stuck in life. Whether you use your rose petals baked goods or steeped in tea cups, organically-grown rose buds will bring positivity to the mind and body.
Let the Fresh Air In
Each Lunar New Year’s meaning changes, but opening windows is a tradition that works with all of them. It lets positive good spirits carry positive energy into your home before midnight arrives. You’ll also breathe fresher air that carries fewer bacteria, reducing the odds of starting the new year with an illness that erases any positivity from your celebrations.
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Eight (八; accounting 捌; pinyin bā) is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word meaning to generate wealth (發(T) 发(S); Pinyin: fā). Property with the number 8 may be valued more, and in Pythagorean numerology, the number 8 represents victory, prosperity and overcoming.
Eight gives an idea of growing prosperous because the letter (八) broadens gradually. Beyond the tie to wealth, the number 8 or 发(S); Pinyin: fā also means expansion or rise in general terms.
Enjoy Starting Your New Traditions
Everyone can celebrate the Lunar New Year to get rid of stale energy and gain the forward momentum they’re missing. As you care for your well-being with antioxidant teas and the power of flowers, remember the blessing of the wood dragon. This year is full of promise. Set goals with confidence — this is the perfect time to grow into the next incredible version of yourself.