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• If your active on a social media platform then you've likely seen a page, group, or account you enjoy watching their content. What make an account or page popular largely depends on their content and target audience. What sort of content do you enjoy? What are some of your favorite account or groups to follow? Why do you enjoy them?

These questions are meant to get your minds pondering the topic; they are not meant to limit you. Make sure to keep checking the 2nd post - we will post a new topic for discussion each month!
 

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Oooh! Rose Quartz is definitely my favorite of the list! The one for 2018 was not a top tier color for me, to be honest I only like Rose Quartz specifically because it reminds me of Steven Universe lol, my real fave colors are greens and blues.
 

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So I totally put this on my to-do list and now it's the end of the month & I forgot to look in again! 😆 I'll just answer a topic real quick, and try and do better next time!
So, you ask about what kind of social media accounts I follow. Tbh 90% of them are to do with my nail side business - looking for interaction ideas/posts and of course pretty pictures and ideas to use on myself/others. Other than that, I mostly have social media for looking at photos posted by my friends/family, although I used to check a lot of game-related accounts. Nowadays I only really have time for HEX and work though!

 

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Happy Chinese New Year! Okay, so we're five days early... but with the fast pace of social media, you really do have to drum out these kinds of things a few days in advance. For this month, we'll start of by discussing the kinds of content that are sure to pop out this month. For example, do you know which Zodiac is being celebrated this year? Here's a clue: "oink oink".

That's right, it's the year of the pig! Here's some more fun facts for you:

Quote:
A year isn't just categorized by its zodiac animal, but also by a more complex sexagenary cycle -- a combination of one of 10 heavenly stems and one of the 12 earthly branches.

Confused yet? So 2019 is the year of "ji hai" (or gei hoi in Cantonese).

While "hai" represents the earthly branch symbol that stands for the pig, "ji" represents the heavenly stem for yin and earth. That's why they call 2019 the year of the earth pig.

Source: CNN



Now it's your turn, share some tid-bits or fun facts that you've seen or shared on your social media platforms!


These questions are meant to get your minds pondering the topic; they are not meant to limit you. Make sure to keep checking the 2nd post - we will post a new topic for discussion each month!
 

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I actually did research the wider chinese zodiac when my son was born - it turned out he was born in the year of the fire monkey, which makes him about as mischievous as he could possibly be! So far, that's been true!
 

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Well since it's a Super Bowl day, fun fact but I don't have a social media.

L.A. Ram Goff is from California
He was a pick when the Rams returned to Los Angeles
The Coach for Rams is the youngest ever to reach a Super Bowl
 

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I've always loved celebrating Chinese New Year, and it's always fun to tell people what year they were born. I was born in the year of the goat, and so the order (which I memorized as a child) goes like this:

Rat: 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Ox: 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Tiger: 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Rabbit: 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Dragon:1976. 1988, 2000, 2012
Snake: 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Horse: 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Goat: 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Monkey: 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Chicken: 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Dog: 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Pig: 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

新年快乐!!
 

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Chinese new year is a big deal here, and I can hear the various celebrations going on, like the lion dances and such. a lot of my friends are out eating with their family and relatives, and wearing various traditional clothes.
There are also pig statues all over the city, and there were probably fireworks last night to celebrate CNY.
 

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Chinese New Year is somewhat of a big deal in my country. In fact today's a holiday cause of the Chinese New Year celebration and there are golden pigs everywhere.

I didn't really read up on the Zodiac Years before but I know I'm born in the Year of the Metal Dragon, apparently we're supposed to be blunt and outgoing but my introvert personality and emotional Pisces side is getting in the way of that.
 

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Happy Chinese New Year!!!

It's a tradition for my family to stay up and 守岁, which basically means that all of us make sure that we're awake at 12am of the new year so that good luck will come! We also countdown together and celebrate the chinese new year at 12am++ and the adults will give children red packets yay!

There are so many pig decorations all around my neighbourhood in order to celebrate the year of the pig! I was born in the year of the goat^
 

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As a Chinese I am so excited to see this topic discussed on HEX, and I really hope more people can understand our unique culture and traditions.
Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, it is traditional for us to congratulate each other and wish one another Happy New Year, this is known as 拜年. The elderly often give their grandchildren red packets containing money which are called 红包. It is believed by us that the color red can keep away the evil spirits.
新年快乐!给大家拜年啦
 

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I'm not that interested in the Zodiac, whether European or Chinese, because I'm 'allergic' to horoscopes, divination, and all that stuff, but I like looking at the Chinese New Year stamps that are made every year.
The pig is one of my favorite animals, and I think this year's [French] stamps are pretty cute, so I'll make sure to buy a few of them and write my friends. Many countries emit Chinese New Year stamps; I'm looking forward to seeing all the different designs on the internet!
 

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Hi All,

I'm quite interested in learning more about other cultures and traditions, so I have been nosey on social media and found the following 10 things that should be avoided when celebrating CNY:

1. Do not say negative words

All words with negative connotations are forbidden!
The reason behind this is because you wouldn’t want to jinx yourself or bring those misfortunes onto you and your loved ones.

2. Do not break ceramics or glass

Breaking things will break your connection to prosperity and fortune.
If a plate or bowl is dropped, immediately wrap it with red paper.
Some would say 岁岁平安 (suì suì píng ān).
This asks for peace and security every year. 岁 (suì) is also a homophone of 碎, which means “broken” or “shattered.”
After the New Year, throw the wrapped up shards into a lake or river.

3. Do not clean or sweep

Before the Spring Festival, there is a day of cleaning.
That is to sweep away the bad luck.
But during the actual celebration, it becomes a taboo.
Cleaning or throwing out garbage may sweep away good luck instead.

4. Do not use scissors, knives or other sharp objects

There are 2 reasons behind this rule.
Scissors and needles shouldn’t be used.
Sharp objects in general will cut your stream of wealth and success.
Hair cutting is taboo and forbidden until Lunar February 2, when all festivities are over.

5. Do not visit the wife’s family

Traditionally, multiple generations live together.
The bride moves into the groom’s home after marriage.
And, of course, she will celebrate Chinese New Year with her in-laws.
Returning to her parents on New Year’s Day means that there are marriage problems and may also bring bad luck to the entire family.
The couple should visit the wife’s family on the 2nd day.
They’d bring their children, as well as a modest gift (because it’s the thought that counts).

6. Do not demand debt repayment

This custom is a show of understanding.
It allows everyone a chance to celebrate without worry.
If you knock on someone’s door, demanding repayment, you’ll bring bad luck to both parties. However, it’s fair game after the 5th day.
Borrowing money is also taboo.
You could end up having to borrow the entire year.

7. Avoid fighting and crying

Unless there is a special circumstance, try not to cry.
But if a child cries, do not reprimand them.
All issues should be solved peacefully.
In the past, neighbors would come over to play peacemaker for any arguments that occurred.
This is all to ensure a smooth path in the new year.

8. Avoid taking medicine
Try not to take medicine during the Spring Festival to avoid being sick the entire year.
Of course, if you are chronically ill or contract a sudden serious disease, immediate health should still come first.

9. Do not give New Year blessings to someone still in bed

You are supposed to give New Year blessings (拜年—bài nián).
But let the recipient get up from bed first.
Otherwise, they’ll be bed-ridden for the entire year.
You also shouldn’t tell someone to wake up.
You don’t want them to be rushed around and bossed around for the year.
Take advantage of this and sleep in!

10. Chinese gift-giving taboos

It was mentioned above that you should bring gifts when paying visits. It’s the thought that counts, but some gifts are forbidden:

Clocks are the worst gifts.
Gifting clocks (送钟—sòng zhōng) is a homophone of paying one’s last respects (送终).
Splitting pears (分梨—fèn lí) is also a homophone of separation (分离).


For the Spring Festival, these rules may seem excessive. Especially when you add in the cultural norms, customs and manners. But like a parent would say, they are all for your own good. Formed over thousands of years, these taboos embody the beliefs, wishes and worries of the Chinese people.

I would be interested to find out from anyone here that is Chinese and follows any specific New Year customs if the above are taken seriously by the modern generation of if they are a little outdated.

Thanks 😊
 

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Here's a fun fact! There was a large amount of women who would dress as men when moving to the cities from the rural areas back in the dawn of big American cities. They would get jobs as men and even marry other women!
 

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It's interesting to read about the Chinese New Year. Customs of other places are always fun to read. On a personal level I do not believe in the Zodiac or horoscopes. I read a horoscope once and burst out laughing. It could have fit any person on the planet.
 

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Those rules for celebrating the Chinese New Year are interesting...I particularly like #3 - do not clean or sweep. I was born in the year of the monkey. I’ll admit that I don’t know much about the Chinese Zodiac. I remember going to Chinese restaurants as a child and being intrigued by the paper placemats with the blurbs about the current “year of” on the front. On the back there was a complete Chinese Zodiac.
 

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Interesting traditions, it's interesting to think about how some of them might have come about. I'm year of the Dragon (2000), but I don't know too much about the Chinese Zodiac. I know more about the Western Zodiac. I'm a Scorpio, and the descriptions either fit super well or not at all, with no in between.
 

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