Posts Tagged ‘Chinese new year’

Happy New New Year

Friday, January 24th, 2014

If you’re a regular visitor to Katie’s Cards you might have noticed by looking at our homepage that we’ve added a couple more designs to the Chinese New Year category, ready for the celebrations which take place from January 31st.

KCchinese-scrolls

New Chinese Scrolls ecard from Katie’s Cards

Why the Long Face?

You might have also seen that the horse features quite heavily in a few of our designs… No we’ve not all turned into hippomaniacs (people obsessed with horses, apparently) but we did think it would be quite fitting as 2014 marks The Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac.

And while we’re here bragging about all our new designs, we might as well tell you that we’re currently in the process of designing a rather special Valentine’s Day card too – so look out for further blog posts on the design process as well as a couple of sneak previews.

Happy Chinese New Year from Katie’s Cards

If you happen to be in London during the most celebrated Chinese festival, take a look at Time Out’s Guide to Chinese New Year 2014.

But wherever you are in the world, we hope you have a very Happy Chinese New Year.

Happy Chinese New Year – 恭禧發財

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

The Katie’s Cards team would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year! Or, in traditional Chinese, 恭禧發財!

Don’t worry if you’ve left it too late to send a card to your friends and family across the world, take your pick from one of our Chinese New Year ecards to send your New Years wishes instantly…

Our full selection of Chinese New Year ecards can be found here.

Katie x

 

New Chinese New Year Ecard on the Katie’s Cards website

Friday, February 8th, 2013

It’s Chinese New Year on Sunday and we’re pleased to announce that there is a new ecard on the Katie’s Cards website just in time for the celebrations.

Koi Carp Chinese New Year Ecard

 

You can personalise this iconic image of carp swimming gracefully around a lilypad-filled pool to send your Happy New Year wishes to family and friends. You can either pre-schedule the sending of the ecard now or you can send it on the day itself and know that it will arrive in the inbox of the recipient immediately, even if they live on the other side of the world.

What does your Chinese Zodiac sign say about you?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

There are twelve different animals which represent the Chinese Zodiac, which correspond with years rather than months. We’re about to enter the Year of the Snake and, according to one website, people born in the Year of the Snake are wise and logical but are sometimes egotistical.

So what does the year you were born in say about you? Perhaps you’re an ambitious, hard-working rat. Maybe you’re an affectionate rabbit, or even a confident dragon? You can find out about the characteristics of your Chinese Zodiac sign here, it’s a fun way of learning more about this vibrant festival and maybe even about yourself…

Koi Carp Chinese New Year Ecard

Now that you know your sign, why not encourage your friends to find out theirs? You can send a personal Chinese New Year message by visiting the Katie’s Cards website and choosing one of our beautifully designed festive Chinese New Year ecards.

Three images which epitomise Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

To me, ‘Chinese New Year‘ evokes so many different images: vivid colours, dancing dragons, noisy street celebrations and a rich assault on the senses. With the festival fast-approaching, Pinterest is brimming with pictures that evoke the vibrant nature and richness of these celebrations and so I’ve picked three of my favourite images which I think portray the Chinese New Year festivities.

The Dragon Dance

The Dragon Dance is a central part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Dragons are considered to bring good luck and the dance is meant to show the power and dignity of the creature.

The Dragon Dance

Source: Rachel Cabrera
(http://pinterest.com/rachelcabrera76/chinese-new-year/)

Lanterns

Source: Meredith Di Constanzo, originally from the telegraph.co.uk. (http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=chinese+new+year+fireworks)

Source: Meredith Di Constanzo, originally from the telegraph.co.uk. (http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=chinese+new+year+fireworks)

Fireworks

This photograph really seems to evoke the vibrant nature of Chinese New Year and shows some wonderful celebratory fireworks.

Chinese new year image 3

Katie’s Cards has a selection of Chinese New Year Ecards for you to send. You can find the full selection here on the Katie’s Cards website.

Chinese New Year is approaching…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

It’s only a few days until the vibrant festival of Chinese New Year. In China, fireworks and glowing red lanterns will no doubt be filling the skies as families gather together for the celebratory reunion dinner and the giving of red envelopes.

Chinese Lanterns Ecard

Chinese Lanterns Ecard

Yet the celebrations will not be confined to China, many cities around the world will be holding parades, ‘dragon dances’ and food festivals so why not investigate events taking place in a city near you?

If you can’t celebrate with family and friends this year, you can pre-schedule the sending of your Chinese New Year ecards now so you can rest assured that your loved ones in all corners of the world will receive their New Year’s wishes on time. You can find the full selection of Katie’s Cards Chinese New Year Ecards here.

Chinese New Year ecard from KatiesCards.com [Sneak Peak]

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The team at Katie’s Cards has been busy designing new ecards for 2013. We have a new Chinese New Year ecard in production so I wanted to give you a sneak peak of what it will look like. If you like the look of it then it will be available for you to send for the Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday 10th February 2013.

 

Koi Carp Chinese New Year ecard from KatiesCards.com

Koi Carp Chinese New Year Ecard

 

The Koi Carp Chinese New Year e-card is zen-like in its tranquility and  beauty. See the fish swim gently around the lillpads before wishing your friends best wishes for the Chinese New Year.

I will let you know when it’s released and available on the KatiesCards.com website, I hope you will enjoy it.

When is Chinese New Year 2013?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

Chinese New Year 2013 is on Sunday 10th February 2013. Celebrate the new year by sending your Chinese New Year e-card greetings using KatiesCards.com.

According to Wikipedia, Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and includes several myths and traditions – it’s also known as the ‘Spring Festival’. Chinese New Year is a public holiday in many countries where a significant Chinese population lives.

In the Chinese zodiac there are 12 yearly cycles each represented by a different animal. 2013 is the year of the Snake.

Chinese New Year ecard

Chinese New Year ecard

KatiesCards.com can help you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your friends and family with a range of different ecard designs to suit every taste.

Enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year 2013 and the year of the Snake.

Here is our brand new Chinese New Year ecard! 2012.01.20.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Hi all,

Well the Chinese New Year celebrations are almost here. For those of you who don’t know, Chinese New Year is taking place on Monday the 23rd of January this year and this year is the year of the dragon – a powerful and lucky symbol, which hopefully means that its going to be a good year for all!

Whether you are taking part in the celebrations or not, why not send your loved ones a special Chinese New year greeting this year to wish them luck in the year ahead? We have just added a brand new Chinese New Year ecard to the collection including a beautiful dragon which is perfect to send to all of your loved ones! Here is a still from the e card itself below. Click here to preview and send the card.

Chinese New Year ecard

Chinese New Year ecard

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Katie x

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Chinese New Year – how you can take part in the celebrations. 2012.01.16.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Hi all,

Chinese New Year is approaching and this year is going to be celebrated on the 23rd of January. The coming year is the year of the dragon, which is exciting as Chinese mythology associates dragons with luck, power and strength.

This is a fantastic time to send your loved ones greetings (don’t forget to take a look at our collection of Chinese new year e cards) as well as to get involved with the celebrations, either by visiting a local parade (many cities will have street events planned for this occasion click here for some information on what is happening across the globe here) or by getting into the spirit with their own loved ones.

Ancient Chinese legends suggest that the first New Year began with a fight against ‘Nian’ – a mythical creature who would terrorise villagers, visiting on the first day of the new year and eating crops, livestock and villagers. People began to leave food outside of their door for this creature, and soon realised that it did not hunt for anything else if it had food. They also realised that the creature was scared of the colour red and from then on, people have left red lanterns and spring rolls outside of their doors to warn Nian away.

This fantastic event is celebrated for a number of days but many famillies will get together for a dinner on new years eve. This dinner will include many traditional fish and chicken dishes, as well as dumplings, mandarin oranges, melon, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, noodles and many other dishes. There are also an exchange of gifts of sweets and foods between friends and neighbours as well as the giving of red envelopes containing money from elders to the young.

This is a magical celebration full of tradition and myth and great fun to get involved with. If you want to hold your own celebration, here are my tips:

  • Visit your local Chinese supermarket to buy some red lanterns to hang outside of your home, or if you do not have somewhere you can go locally – there are some beautiful ones available to buy online here at Asianideas.com
  • Make some interesting and pretty cards that you can put on the table which contain some facts about the origins, myths and traditions of the Chinese New Year. A great way to get kids involved, you can ask them to make or just decorate the cards by researching the myths and traditions themselves.
  • Make some of your own fresh and crispy spring rolls. You can hang some outside (kids will love doing that) or just have them with your wonderful dinner. Here is a great recipe I found by Ching-He Huang
  • Make a selection of other traditional dishes to celebrate with your loved ones. Click here for a fantastic list of recipes that you might like, alternatively you could try finding somewhere to buy pre-made food or order in (if you can find anywhere that is open!)
  • An alternative to gift-giving for your guests is to buy red envelopes for each of your dinner guests (you will find them in your local stationary store or if not you can get a great selection here on Amazon) and fill them with some chocolate coins. This is a cheap yet fun way to honor the tradition.
  • Ask your dinner guests to dress in red
  • Add more excitement to your celebration by setting off fireworks (safely) in your garden

I hope you have a fantastic time celebrating!

Please do share any tips of advice by commenting, I love to have your feedback.

Katie x

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Lanterns for Chinese New Year Ecards

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

We have created an ethereal and spiritual Chinese New Year Ecard. Someone mentioned that it looked a bit like an advert for HSBC but I don’t think so. The card we created for Chinese New Year last year was surprisingly popular so we are hoping this one is also received well.

Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

Chinese New Year lantern festival Ecard

To find out more about the lantern festival you can read about it on this wikipedia page.

New E card for Chinese New Year

Monday, February 8th, 2010

We have just added a new Chinese New Year E card to the site, featuring a creature called a Nien!. This is our first New year card and it required a bit of research of the event and on discovering a legend about the origin of Chinese New Year we had our inspiration.

Mythical creature the Nien

Mythical creature the Nien

The beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nien which would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors step at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nien ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. The villagers also found out that the Nien was afraid of the colour red.  So every time the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nien. From then on, Nien never came to the village again.