Last year during Chinese New Year, I was frantically looking for jobs, hoping I would land some luck at employment or a new career pathway. Jumping ahead to 2017, I’m finding I got that luck, but in a way I didn’t expect. To celebrate this year, I’ve decided to let the bigger picture take a back seat and enjoy this Chinese New Year in a different way. Chinese New Year has many traditions to maintain good fortune and honor the New Year, and as it turns out, there are plenty of products from fashion companies that see this importance. Below is a collection of a few fashion accessories and toys that are a great match for the Year of the Rooster:
What do these products have to do with Chinese New Year? Here’s a quick rundown of the connection between these fun products and this holiday.
Orange socks (Braintree Clothing): Eating an orange or tangerine was always a tradition of Chinese New Year when I was growing up. It was believed this citrus fruit brought a great deal of good luck to people. These socks seemed a great fit to honor this tradition and perhaps wish for extra luck by wearing oranges too.
Vegetable t-shirts and totes (Threadless), Dice (Uncommongoods): Not eating any meat is a major part of celebrating the New Year in China. The purpose behind this is to recognize and pay respect to animals for their part in society. To represent this common practice, products promoting vegetarian eating habits and dice that are used to select smoothie ingredients looked a like a fun way to represent vegetables and fruits. The tricky part of this practice, however, is to not use knives or scissors for fear of cutting into your bad luck. That means chopping those veggies and fruits are not an option today!
Top (NOVICA) and Scarf (Ten Thousand Villages): Red and pink are colors often associated with good luck, which is why people traditionally wore this color at weddings and celebrations and white at funerals. By choosing a couple of fashion items in red, you’ll be sure to have good luck all day and the rest of the year.
Year of the Rooster box (Uncommongoods) and Rooster necklace (NOVICA): In honor of the Year of the Rooster, this box that can be used for parents to share stories about their children born during this year. Finding a rooster necklace also seemed like a great way to complete this collection of products. Those born during the Year of the Rooster are known to be talkative, hardworking, and are very active. Sounds like there will be plenty of stories to share and activities to remember with this Chinese zodiac sign.
If you celebrate Chinese New Year, what memories do you have? What other fun products would you add to this set?