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Christmas 2019 Latest posting dates and Office opening times

Latest Christmas Delivery Dates for 2019

Items received on or before the dates stated below should be delivered before Christmas. Please note these dates are estimated and whilst we will try and do everything we can to ensure your item is delivered we cannot guarantee the performance of external organisations involved in the delivery process.

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Monday 9 December


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Friday 20th DecemberUK Faster Shipping Option (Royal Mail 24 service)
Friday 20th DecemberUK Next Work Day Delivery

Personalised Items

If an item requires personalisation i.e. Engraving, Embroidery or Painted/Printed products then all orders placed on or before 16th December 2019 will be dispatched for delivery before Christmas. After this time we will endeavour to dispatch before Christmas up until 19th December, this we achieved last year however it’s no guarantee we will this year.

Priority Shipping, if offered, up to 20th December 2019 on Painted/Printed products and will be delivered before Christmas.

Next Day delivery is available up to 19th December 2019 on Engraved or Embroidered products.

International Shipping for personalised items

European Standard Shipping – 12th December 2019

European Priority Shipping – 12th December 2019

International Standard Shipping – 4th December 2019

International Priority Shipping – 10th December 2019

The Dispatch Dates are based on cleared funds being received for the item which instigates the dispatch process.

We use Royal Mail for most items and thus delivery capability is dictated by their performance. At this time of year it can take longer than their stated timescales. Some personalised items are dispatched via courier.

Next Day/ Priority and International Shipping services are a signed for service and thus if no one is available to sign either a redelivery will need to be arranged or the item will need to be picked up from the local sorting office/depot.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours and Order Processing times.

24th-26th December 2019. We are closed. No orders will be processed or dispatched. Orders received during this time will be processed on 27th December 2019 with Next Day Delivery Requests being delivered 30th December 2019

31st December 2018 and 1st January 2020. We are closed.  No Orders will be processed or dispatched. Next Day Requests received during this time will be processed on 2nd January 2020 and delivered on 3rd January 2020.

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Celebrate your 50th Wedding Anniversary with Music from 1969

Hits of the 60's ~ Hit Music of 1969 on CD & download plus Greeting Card in one gift ; A Time to Remember, The Classic Years -1969Many parties are thrown to celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 50 years of marriage if the marriage occurred in 1969.

Get our CD gift greeting card for 1969 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of yester-year flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

  1. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer.  Reached number 6 on the UK charts in the week ending 4th June 1969, it spent 14 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  2. Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away. Reached number 31 on the UK charts in the week ending 21st May 1969, it spent 6  weeks in the top 40 charts. Although Bob Dylan is a well known international artist he has never had a UK number 1 in his own right.
  3. Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’  Although this song scored poor chart success it won the Grammy for the Best contemporary vocal performance by a male for Harry Nilsson. Beautiful South covered this track in 1994 and achieved better chart success than the original.
  4. Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto. An iconic song by the King of Rock and Roll. Despite it being such a well know song it only reached number 2 in the UK charts. This was on 2nd July 1969, it stayed at number two for three weeks being held off the number 1 spot by Thunderclap Newman’s Something in the Air.
  1. Chicken Shack – I’d Rather Go Blind. These guys indulged in the 60’s music scene. This track peaked at number 14 in the weekending 18th June 1969.
  2. Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue. One of Cash’s iconic songs. It peaked at number 4 in the week ending 4th October 1969. It spent 16 weeks in the top 40 charts. Although well known it has never charted again through re-release or cover.
  3. Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People. Snuck into the top 40 in March 1969
  4. Andy Williams – Happy Heart. An Iconic singer of the late fifties and sixties. This song peaked at number 19 in the week ending 25th June 1969. Reminiscent of a classic Euro song, it spent 10 weeks on the charts.
  5. The Love Affair – Bringing On Back The Good Times. Reached number 9 in the top 40. It spent 10 weeks on the charts peaking in the week ending 16th August 1969.
  6. Fifth Dimension – Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In. With the classic line “this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius.” Yes, that one. It peaked in the charts at number 11 in the UK although was a Number 1 in America.
  7. Lou Christie – I’m Gonna Make You Mine. Reached number 2 on the UK charts in the week ending 1st November 1969, it spent 17 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  8. Nina Simone – To Love Somebody. Reached number 5 on the UK charts in the week ending 5th February 1969, it spent 9 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  9. Blood, Sweat & Tears – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy. Reached number 36 on the UK charts in the week ending 11th May 1969, it spent 6 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  10. Johnny Nash – Cupid. Reached number 6 on the UK charts in the week ending 30th April 1969, it spent 12 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  11. Box Tops – Soul Deep. Reached number 22 on the UK charts in the week ending 27th September 1969, it spent 9 weeks in the top 40 charts.
  12. Roger Whittaker – Durham Town. Reached number 16 on the UK charts in the week ending 6th December 1969, it spent 18 weeks in the top 40 charts.
  13. Zager & Evans – In The Year 2525. Reached number 1 on the UK charts in the week ending 30th  August 1969, remaining there for 3 weeks. It spent 13 weeks in the top 40 charts. The song is very reminescent of the era as it followed on from the first moon landing on 20th July this year.
  14. Clodagh Rodgers – Come Back And Shake Me. Reached number 3 on the UK charts in the week ending 7th May 1969, it spent 14 weeks in the top 40 charts. If you think you recognise her it’s because she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song contest in 1971. She finished fourth, which at the time was shocking as it was the first time the UK had not been in 1st or second. Wow, how times change!
  • 19. Jim Reeves – When Two Worlds Collide. Reached number 17 on the UK charts in the week ending 16th August 1969, it spent 17 weeks in the top 40 charts.
  • 20. Georgie Fame – Seventh Son. Reached number 22 on the UK charts in the week ending 10th January 1970, it spent 7 weeks in the top 40 charts. This was a popular dance tune over the Christmas period of 1969

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

It’s also the 50th Wedding Anniversary of John and Yoko, so you can’t omit the song that reflected their marriage which reached number one on 11th June 1969

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Corinthians 13 Love is…

Corinthians 13 4-7 KJV

  • Love is kind;
  • love does not envy;
  • love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  
  • does not behave rudely,
  • does not seek its own,
  • is not provoked,
  • thinks no evil;  
  • does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
  • bears all things,
  • believes all things,
  • hopes all things,
  • endures all things.
  • Love has no fear;
  • it does not worry;
  • love keeps no records of wrongs;
  • never fails.
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40th wedding anniversary gift ideas for couples

40th wedding anniversary gift ideas for couples

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for a couple’s 40th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 40th Anniversary is also know as the Ruby Wedding. This is because Rubies are the associated theme for 40 years of marriage.

Ruby is the main focus for the 40th wedding anniversary gift both in colour and the gem. The pink or blood red gemstone is one of the most sought-after gems due to their luscious colour and beautiful look. The whole theme for the 40th year wedding anniversary is the ruby. Even the modern day equivalent is still the ruby and therefore you should look for many items that have the gorgeous red stones in them.

Below are some of our ideas that are great 40th wedding anniversary gifts for couples. The ideas should enable both partners to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 40th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 40th Anniversary page

Within this page we’ve concentrate on our gift ideas that can be given to couples to celebrate their Ruby Wedding. Use the link above to see our complete range of 40th wedding anniversary gift ideas for couples.

On the 40th anniversary of your marriage you would have been:

  • married for 14,600 days or
  • 350,400 hours or
  • 21,024,000 minutes,
  • over 1,261 million seconds
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50th wedding anniversary gifts for Mum and Dad

50th wedding anniversary gifts

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for your Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 50th Anniversary is also know as the Golden Wedding. This is because Gold are the associated theme for 50 years of marriage.

Obviously this theme makes it relativity easy to find a gift for your Mum. However it’s a bit more difficult for your Dad or when you are buying a joint present. Below are some of our ideas that are great 50th wedding anniversary gifts for your Mum and Dad. The ideas should enable both your parents to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 50th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 50th Anniversary page

The Golden Wedding, to give it the traditional name used, is gold both for the traditional and the modern gift theme lists and as gold has such a stunning look and can be used in many ways you shouldn’t have difficulty finding the perfect 50th wedding anniversary gift. Although the traditional theme for your 50th year as a married couple is gold the modern day equivalent has a slight variation and suggests gold jewellery and what better way to impress your loved one with some stunning earrings, a ring, or even matching watches for each other.

Earliest recorded celebrations show the Husband presents his wife with a Gold Garland to wear. This was normally at a family celebration. Celebrating 50 years also maps into the biblical events of their second jubilee as each jubilee traditionally lasted 25 years.

Gold also replaces the gemstone gift theme. Thus you could take the opportunity to have a gold themed day. Spending time together with gold being used throughout the day. As you can eat gold leaf, you could have a nice meal with gold leaf making an appearance or you could simply be content with some beautiful gold jewellery such as updated wedding rings.

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30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents

shop for 30th wedding anniversary gifts

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for your parents 30th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 30th Anniversary is also know as the Pearl Wedding. This is because Pearls are the associated theme for 30 years of marriage.

Obviously this theme makes it relativity easy to find a gift for your Mum. However it’s a bit more difficult for your Dad or when you are buying a joint present. Below are some of our ideas that are great 30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents. The ideas should enable both your parents to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 30th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 30th Anniversary page

For this anniversary any type of Pearl can be used; there are more than one type at the basic level there are fresh water pearls and saltwater pearls.  Both contain the same properties that make them desirable and nowadays they are equally attainable. One difference is the larger types are typically the saltwater variety as the shellfish they come from can grow larger.

Naturally developed Pearls are still the most sought after due to their rarity. Cultured Pearls can be as good a quality especially the ones from the top Pearl culturists.

The best know cultured Pearl producer is Mikimoto. A Japanese producer named after the founder who discovered how to grow Pearls ‘on demand’. The results are beautiful, check out these Fine Mikimoto gift ideas from one of our partners.

If choosing Pearl as a gift please always ensure it is real Pearl, we’ve seen many items designed with Mother of Pearl which, unless you know, can be confused with Pearls. Mother of Pearl is actually the shell of the mussel or oyster that can produce a pearl.

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Mother’s Day 2019

mothers day 2019

Mothers Day in the UK is also known as Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. However as the dates vary as to when Lent falls, the actual Sunday chosen to celebrate it varies every year.

This year Mother’s Day is on 31st March 2019 and next year it is a week earlier on 22nd March. The leap year next year makes it look like it is not seven days earlier. (See here for the next 10 years)

Mothers day 2019

Mothering Sunday is more often referred to as “Mother’s Day” and it origin is distinctly different to Mother’s Day in America although the sentiments are similar.

In Victorian times, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and cards to their mothers.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’ve a great selection of Mother’s Day Gifts on our site some of our selection we’ve shown here.

History of Mother’s day

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers would worship at their nearest parish or “daughter church”.

In olden times it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church at least once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their “mother” church.

As the return to the “mother” church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away from home returned. It was quite common in those days for children as young as ten years to leave home to work in service.

The majority of historians think that it was this return to the “Mother” church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

This special day has now become a time when people give thanks to their mothers and offers an opportunity to express both love and thanks for the work that they do.

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When is Mary & Joseph’s Wedding Anniversary

I noticed today (23rd January) on Twitter someone put forward the fact that it is Mary & Joseph’s Wedding Anniversary, given the level of fake news around I figured I’d at least check this before blindly retweeting. Oh boy, wish I hadn’t.

Firstly the religious scholars differ on whether they were actually married when Jesus was born and if you can’t agree this fact how can you decide when they where actually married.

The things that can be determined seem to come mostly from the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The details get blurred when translations from ancient languages to modern struggle with the intent of words. For example the ancient word to describe a wife can in certain contexts also simply refer to a woman.

The whole basis of the difference seems to be on whether betrothed is a state of marriage in ancient Hebrew scriptures means they were engaged or married.

There are plenty of resources if you search discussing these points however none really address the actually date of when they married and thus their actual wedding anniversary. From our prospective it would seem they were married before Jesus was born as why would Mary travel to Bethlehem with Joseph for the Census, he was from there and she was not thus would have travelled to her own town if not married to him.

It is a bit frustrating as we cannot confirm what date even if they wed before or after Jesus was born and the closest we came was someone declaring that they married in 2BC based on the latest astronomical calculations. No day through! Some photos would be good, sadly though the earliest know image was not produced until the 5th Century and it had no babies in it!The Marriage of the Virgin (Raphael)

Given the slow decline in quality of material available through the search engines I suspect we’ll not easily find an answer to this question so cannot endorse this being their wedding anniversary. I would love to here any thoughts on their specific marriage day, feel free to comment.



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St Valentine’s Day Thursday 14th February 2019

It’s an expensive time of year for all you Lover’s out there, you just finish paying for all the Christmas romance then you get hit with Valentine’s Day. It’s a good job they are worth it!

This year (2019) Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday which we figure is probably one of the best days of the week for Valentines to fall upon. Simply this is because it appears to stretch the weekend out by at least an extra day. Given we’re in the middle of winter this is no bad thing.

St Valentine’s Day History

History tells us that the first Valentine card was sent in 270 A.D. by Saint Valentine himself. He sent this on the eve of his execution for refusing to renounce Christianity. Signed “from your Valentine”, it was a note of appreciation from the young cleric to his jailer’s blind daughter who had brought him food and delivered messages for him.

The Romans celebrated St. Valentine’s Day as the Feast of Lupercalia, dedicated to the pastoral god Lupercus and to the Goddess of Love, Juno. The birds of Italy began mating on February 14, the oracles observed. Roman Maidens placed their names in an urn set up in the public square and courageous bachelors drew from it to obtain their “blind date” for the coming year. The Christian Church denounced these “love lotteries” as pagan rituals. During the Middle Ages, “love lotteries” persisted in France as “chance boxes” that allotted couples one year to get married or part company and, in England, men wore the name of the girl they drew on their sleeve encircled with a heart, you may guess from this ritual that this is where the expression “wearing your heart on your sleeve” originated.

St Valentines Day gift ideas 2019With the invention of the printing press in the mid 1400’s there was an explosion of Valentines as quaint love missives, many were anonymous. Church opposition gradually declined and, by the 1700s, the familiar “roses are red, violets are blue…” verses were popular. In France, Valentines grew in size and elegance featuring ribbons, lace, gilt and other intricate effects made by hand.

The first Valentines in America are recorded as exchanged during the Revolutionary days these were mostly handmade with sentimental verses written in a flowing script. In 1840, Miss Esther Howland, an imaginative artist and entrepreneur became the first regular publisher of Valentines in the United States. She became a successful businesswoman heading her own publishing firm specialising in Valentine cards.

Around 1850, the first “Vinegar Valentines” were produced. These masterpieces of insult were sent anonymously and were popular along with the usual sentimental Valentines until around 1910 when the strictly sentimental ones gained more popularity. Since that time, Valentine’s Day cards can be found to fit almost any relationship. In fact, teachers receive more Valentine’s Day cards than any other group of people.

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Chinese New Year

Happy New Year 新年快乐

Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of the New Year on the Chinese Calendar. Referred to as the Spring Festival in Chinese Spring FestivalChina it is also known as the Lunar New Year or New Year Festival. Traditionally it was a fifteen day festival ending with the Lantern Festival on the evening of the 15th day. The first day of the Chinese New Year is on the start of the second new moon after the winter solstice. This typically falls between 21st January and 20th February every year however is more likely to be in the early days of February rather than the earlier or later dates.

Myths and Legends of Chinese New Year

Mythology states, the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations started with a beast called the Nian. The Nian would appear yearly and eat people from the village, especially children. One year, to prevent this, the villagers decided to go hide from the beast. An elderly man appeared before the villagers went into hiding and said that he was going to stay to get revenge on the Nian. The villagers thinking he was mad dismissed him. The old man put red papers up and set off firecrackers all night.

In the morning light, the people came back to their village to see that everything was fine. From this they deduced the old man was probably a God who helped to save them. Given what the deity had done the people learned that the Nian was afraid of the colour red and loud noises. Thus when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows & doors, and wear red clothing. The villagers also used fireworks and firecrackers to scare away the Nian. From then on, the Nian never came to the village again.

Chinese New Year Public holidays

Chinese New Year is observed as an official public holiday in a large number of countries and territories across Asia. As Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar cycle it falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year, some of these public holidays the government opts to shift in order to accommodate a longer public holiday (never fifteen days though.) Typically a public holiday is added on the following work day when the New Year falls on a weekend, as in most of Europe for their New Year’s Day holiday.

Chinese New Year Red envelopes

Traditionally, red envelopes or red packets are given at the new year typically the old give these to the young as a symbol of good luck and to warn off evil spirits.  Known as lai see (Cantonese dialect) or angpow (Hokkien dialect/Fujian), or hongbao (Mandarin)

It is custom for Red packets to contain money, always given in an even amount, as odd numbers are associated with cash given during funerals in China. The number 8 is considered lucky (In Chinese it sounds similar to the word for wealth,) and an amount with 8 is commonly found in the red envelopes. The number six is also considered lucky as it sounds like smooth in the Chinese dialect, in the sense of having a smooth year. Four or giving in groups of four is taboo because its homophone is “death.”

Across Asia, odd and even numbers are determined by the significant digit, rather than the last digit. for example ten and thirty, are odd numbers. Having stated this, it is common and quite acceptable to give cash gifts in a red packet using a single bank note with ten or fifty yuan notes used frequently. Wherever possible the currency should be brand new printed money. As everything regarding the New Year has to be new in order to have good luck and fortune. Sometimes chocolate coins are placed in the red packet for the young or those with no concept of money.

The act of asking for red packets is not a taboo although only within the family generally. A married person would not turn down such a request as it would mean that they would be “out of luck” in the new year. Red packets are generally given by married couples to the younger, unmarried children of the family. It is custom and polite for the children to wish the gifter a happy new year and a year of happiness, health and good fortune before accepting the red envelope. Traditionally the Red envelopes are then placed under their pillow; sleeping on them for seven nights after Chinese New Year before opening as it symbolises good luck and fortune.

Other Traditional Chinese New Year Gifts

Chinese candy box

In addition to red envelopes, which are usually given from older people to younger people, small gifts (typically food or sweets) are also exchanged between friends or in-laws during Chinese New Year. Gifts are usually presented when visiting friends or relatives at their homes. Common gifts include fruits, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and candies.

Certain items are considered bad luck and should not be given. Taboo gifts include:

  • Items that show that time is running out (i.e. clocks and watches)
  • Sharp objects that symbolise severing a relationship (i.e. scissors and knives)
  • Items that symbolise that you want to walk away from a relationship (examples: shoes and sandals)
  • Mirrors, thought to attract bad spirits which could make changes for the worse.
  • Items associated with funerals (i.e. handkerchiefs, towels, chrysanthemums, items coloured white and black)
  • Items that sound similar to unpleasant topics in the local dialect(e.g. In Chinese “clock” sounds like “the funeral ritual”, “handkerchief” sounds like “goodbye”, “pear” sounds like “separate”, and “umbrella” sounds like “disperse”).

Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve is traditionally the time for the annual reunion dinner. Dishes consisting of special meats are served at the tables, as a main course for the dinner and offering for the New Year. This meal is comparable to Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. or Christmas dinner.

In the north of China, it is customary to make jiaozi, dumplings after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolise wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese Sycee which was an ancient form of currency in China. In contrast, in Southern China, it is customary to make a sweet rice cake (Nian gao) and send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the following days. Nian Gao literally means “new year cake” and sounds like a meaning of “increasingly prosperous year in, year out.”

Traditionally, in a ritual called “opening the door of fortune” firecrackers were lit to scare away evil spirits with the household doors sealed, not to be reopened until the new morning. Also a tradition of going to bed late on New Year’s Eve, or even keeping awake the whole night and morning, known as shou sui is still practised widely for luck as it is thought to add on to your parents’ longevity.

Chinese New Year Festival

Traditionally the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is a fifteen day festival, each day tends to have a different objective or purpose to focus minds and hearts on the year past and in the year coming.

Chinese New Year First dayChinese New Year

The first day is for the welcoming of the gods of heaven and earth. Officially beginning at midnight, Beijing time it is a tradition to light fireworks, firecrackers and burn bamboo sticks. The purpose is to make as much of a din as possible to chase off the evil spirits as encapsulated by the Nian. Many Buddhists abstain from meat consumption on the first day because it is believed to ensure longevity for them. Some believe lighting fires and using knives on New Year’s Day is bad luck, so any food is cooked in the days before. Another thing to avoid on New Year’s day is the use the broom, as good fortune is not to be “swept away” symbolically.

Most importantly, the first day of Chinese New Year is used to honour one’s elders and families tend to visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, usually their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

For Buddhists, the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva (Budai Luohan), the Buddha-to-be.

Families may invite a lion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises. Chinese folklore call this the day of the chicken as when creating all living beings on earth, Nu Wa, a goddess in Chinese mythology, created the six creatures before human beings.

Chinese New Year Second day

The second day of the Chinese New Year, known as “beginning of the year” was when married daughters visited their birth parents, relatives and close friends. (Traditionally, married daughters didn’t have the opportunity to visit their birth families frequently.) Incense is also burned at the graves of ancestors as part of the offering and prayer rituals. Chinese folklore call this the day of the dog.

Chinese New Year Third day

The third day is known as Chigou’s Day. Chigou, literally “red dog”, is also know as the God of Blazing Wrath. Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires. It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting. This is also considered an auspicious day to visit the temple of the God of Wealth and have one’s future told. Folklore says the 3rd day is also “rat marriage day”, so people often go to bed earlier to give rats time for their wedding. Chinese folklore call this the day of the pig.

Chinese New Year Fourth day

The old saying “three rams bring bliss” is connected with the fourth day, which says that by making a good beginning a happy end comes.

The fourth day is when corporate “spring dinners” kick off and business typically returns to normal. In folklore, it is the day to welcome back the Kitchen God. On this day, the Kitchen God would check the household and therefore people should not leave home. Chinese folklore call this the day of the sheep.

Chinese New Year Fifth day

The fifth day is the God of Fortune’s birthday and people may celebrate this day with a large banquet. This day is also commonly known as the Festival of Po Wu, literally breaking five. According to custom, it is believed that many New Year taboos can be broken on this day. Chinese folklore call this the day of the cow.

Chinese New Year Sixth day

The sixth day is Horse’s Day. People throw out their rubbish stored up during the festival, their ragged clothes and other dirty things. The aim is to drive away the Ghost of Poverty. This reflects the desire of the Chinese people to send away poverty and welcome beautiful days with good luck in the New Year.

Chinese New Year Seventh day

The seventh day, traditionally known as Renri (the common person’s birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older. People will traditionally eat noodles as they symbolise longevity in Chinese culture. Chinese folklore call this the day of man.

For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat. The seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist cosmology. He is analogous to the Jade Emperor.

Chinese New Year Eighth day

According to Chinese folk proverbs, this day is similar to St Swithin’s Day in the UK, if this day is bright and clear the year will be a harvest year; however, if this day is cloudy or even rainy, the year will suffer from poor harvest.

People normally return to work by the eighth day. Store owners often host a lunch ordinner with their employees. Thanking their employees for the work they have done for the whole year.

Another family dinner may be held to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven.

Chinese New Year Ninth day

The ninth day of the New Year is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven in the Daoist Pantheon. The ninth day is the birthday of the Jade Emperor. This day, called Ti Kong Dan, is especially important to Hokkiens, even more important than the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Come midnight of the eighth day of the new year, Hokkiens will offer thanks to the Emperor of Heaven. A prominent requisite offering is sugarcane. Mythology says that the Hokkiens were spared from a massacre by Japanese pirates. They did this by hiding in a sugarcane plantation during the eighth and ninth days of the Chinese New Year. Since “sugarcane” is a near homonym to “thank you” in the Hokkien dialect, Hokkiens offer sugarcane on the eve of his birthday, symbolic of their gratitude.

There will be grand ceremonies in Taoist temples on this day, and ordinary families may also offer sacrifices to the Jade Emperor.

Chinese New Year Tenth day

The 10th day is believed to be the birthday of the God of Stone whom played a very important role in the rural society of ancient China.

On this day, people were forbidden to move any stone, including stone rollers, stone mills and herb grinders, and would not cut into a mountain for rock or build a house with rocks, otherwise bad things will happen to their crops. Incense and candles were also burned for the stones and offer pancakes to the God of Stone.

Chinese New Year Eleventh day

This day is for fathers-in-law (Yuefu ) to entertain sons-in-law (Nuxu.) People may also make offerings to Zi Gu, the guardian angel for wronged women, on the 11th day, A Goddess also known as the Goddess of Toilets. She appears in the form of a beautiful woman, her lower body wrapped in clouds. Rather this than sitting on the throne!

In many areas of China, after this day, people will prepare for the Lantern Festival marking the end of the celebrations.

Chinese New Year Fifteenth day

The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as Yuan Xiao Jie. Also known as “Shangyuan Festival” or the Spring Lantern Festival. Rice dumplings (tang yuan), a sweet glutinous rice ball cooked in a soup, are eaten this day. Since early morning, dragon and lion dancers parade on streets. In the evening families go out together to enjoy the full moon, appreciate colourful lanterns and also solve lantern riddles. In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the Emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolise good fortune.

In China, Malaysia, and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking a romantic partner, akin to Valentine’s Day. Single women typically write their contact number on mandarin oranges, throw them in a river or a lake for single men to collect and eat them. The taste is an indication of their possible love: sweet represents a good fate while sour represents a bad fate.

This day officially marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

What is the Date of Chinese New Year

The date of Chinese New Year varies every year based on the Lunar cycle.

Dates of Chinese New Year 2019 until 2049
2018Friday16 February 2018Dog2034Sunday19 February 2034Tiger
2019Tuesday05 February 2019Pig2035Thursday08 February 2035Rabbit
2020Saturday25 January 2020Rat2036Monday28 January 2036Dragon
2021Friday12 February 2021Ox2037Sunday15 February 2037Snake
2022Tuesday01 February 2022Tiger2038Thursday04 February 2038Horse
2023Sunday22 January 2023Rabbit2039Monday24 January 2039Goat
2024Saturday10 February 2024Dragon2040Sunday12 February 2040Monkey
2025Wednesday29 January 2025Snake2041Friday01 February 2041Rooster
2026Tuesday17 February 2026Horse2042Wednesday22 January 2042Dog
2027Saturday06 February 2027Goat2043Tuesday10 February 2043Pig
2028Wednesday26 January 2028Monkey2044Saturday30 January 2044Rat
2029Tuesday13 February 2029Rooster2045Friday17 February 2045Ox
2030Sunday03 February 2030Dog2046Tuesday06 February 2046Tiger
2031Thursday23 January 2031Pig2047Saturday26 January 2047Rabbit
2032Wednesday11 February 2032Rat2048Friday14 February 2048Dragon
2033Monday31 January 2033Ox2049Tuesday02 February 2049Snake