Chinese New Year’s Day 2015 has come and gone, leaving people to continue arguing about which animal really represents it. Is it a sheep, a goat or a ram?
Well, according to the Indian edition of International Business times last week, it could easily be any of them.
One thing seems certain, it is a horned animal of some sort. Confusion about exactly which horned animal it is appears to come from the Chinese character, Yang. It means sheep. But apparently it is also used for goat and ram as well. So while many people claim this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Sheep, others claim it is the ram or goat.
My daughter-in-law is Chinese and she most definitely says it is the Year of the Goat. So I have made my mind up based on that.
Meanwhile, I had been making a bracelet to give her as a present to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It doesn’t have any horned animals on it because I was so confused. Instead, I used Chinese coin symbols in the design because the New Year is a time when ‘lucky money’ is given. I also attached some little Chinese coin charms on it to represent ‘lucky money’.
And then I couldn’t wait to give it to her – so impatient! So she got it for her birthday in January instead. But that’s ok; lucky money is given at other times of celebration too – such as birthdays and weddings.
New Bracelet Template Design For Chinese New Year and beyond
In the run up to Chinese New Year, I worked on another Chinese themed design for people who would like to make their own ‘lucky money’ Chinese bracelets for the New Year or for any celebration.
Red and gold are used a lot during Chinese New Year. This is because Red traditionally represents good fortune and joy in the Chinese culture while gold (yellow), represents beauty, neutrality and good luck.
So I designed another paper bead template very similar to the one I designed to make the bracelet at the top of the page.
This is the bracelet I made:
The two designs are similar but for the second one, I made the coin symbols smaller and put three on each bead strip. On the first template, I only used one symbol per bead strip.
Three is considered to be a lucky number in the Chinese culture. I also added three Chinese coin charms of varying sizes and attached them with one split ring to the bracelet.
If you want to get the template and have a go at making one yourself, my designs are available to buy and download instantly at my Etsy Shop. You can find very easy to follow, step by step instructions on how to use the templates on my instructables page.
Have fun with them, hope you had a great Chinese New Year – that is sheep, goat or ram. But I am going with ram!