On February 8, 2016, a new year in the Chinese zodiac calendar will begin: The Year of the Monkey (猴) . All of us at Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, want to wish you a Happy New Year!
In Mainland China and around the world, the festivities will soon to begin! Typically, New Year is a time for people and friends to get together. Many businesses in China close for 15 days, so that employees have a chance to travel back to their hometowns and spend time with their dear ones.
The celebration is especially fun for the young ones, who greet adults with the phrase, “Gōng xǐ fā cái, hóng bāo ná lái,” or “Congratulations and be prosperous! Can I have a red envelope?”
The tradition of the red envelope goes back more than two thousands years. In Chinese culture, the color red has always been regarded as the symbol of happiness, energy, and good luck. During the Qin Dynasty, elders would string coins using a red thread, which was said to bring good luck to them by protecting them against evildoers.
A legend also tells about a town being terrorized by a demon that harassed children at night and made them sick. A couple with a newborn baby, prayed to the gods for help. Eight fairies were sent to help them and the town folk. The fairies transformed themselves into eight gold coins and hid under the child’s pillow. When the demon approached the child, the shine from the coins spooked him away, to never return to the town.
These days, grandparents, parents, relatives and friends, typically give children a red envelope during the New Year celebration, equivalent of blessings, good luck wishes, and prayers for protection against any adversity.
From Monday, February 8, 2016, through Friday, February 12th, children under 12 can ask for us for a “Red Envelope,” which we will have ready for them! One per child, per order.
People born during a Year of the Monkey (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are said to be intelligent, dignified, optimistic, romantic, sociable, quick-witted, confident, agile and curious—among other great qualities.
If you are a “Monkey,” enjoy the infographic below. If not, feel free to share it with a “Monkey” you know!
Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant is open seven days a week for dining in, pick up or delivery. Order online, or call 630.469-1535.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!