Great Gifts For Your Chinese Zodiac Year (Ben Ming Nian) | Speaking of China

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  1. jenna cody
    jenna cody November 23, 2012 at 6:03 am | | Reply

    I’m a robot monkey*, but while 1992 and 2004 weren’t especially great years, I don’t remember any particularly bad misfortune, either.

    *metal monkey, but I figure robots are cooler

  2. Nathalie
    Nathalie November 23, 2012 at 6:53 am | | Reply

    I’m a pig and I remember 2007 and 1995 to be particularly very trying years for me.

    I have to say, for me, it seems like jade is the best way to ward off bad luck and not just on benming nian. Liang and his cousin got me this knot bracelet adorned by a jade shishi (“foo dog”) at a temple in China and every time I wear it, I usually have good days and when I don’t wear it, bad things happen. I also have a favourite red shirt and every time I wear it, it seems like I receive good fortune.

    Maybe you should wear both red and jade during your benming nian for extra precaution? 🙂

  3. naomi
    naomi November 23, 2012 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    Have you checked which element your snake is? (e.g. this year is the water dragon) That may make a difference to which things will be most effective. (water dragons should never be depicted in red, apparently) Also, you may want to find out which of the 5 elements you are missing so that you can add them in and balance things out.

    My coworkers were talking about this at lunch. I wish I had been able to follow the conversation better!

  4. Sveta
    Sveta November 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | | Reply

    In 1997, (My mom and I are both born in year of the ox,) year of an ox I would guess that the year was very life-changing, although I think I had a good one: my family and I traveled to Disney World during the summer, I moved to another city because we bought a house, and I had a good birthday year, I think. I also that year discovered I had writing talent and made a decision to want to be a writer. The bad thing that did happen was my mom’s car accident prior to moving to where I live now. In 2009, I recall that my Korean ex gave me a great birthday party, hmm there must be more negatives/positives that happened. My younger sister was born in year of the rabbit, and that was a trying year for all of us: that same year my grandfather had to go through quadruple bypass and ended up staying in a hospital until next year in March. Normally we celebrate holidays from about September up until December, but this time we skipped every single holiday. My sister’s wedding also happened to be during that time, so I can imagine it was difficult for her because my mom wasn’t having much fun due to my grandfather in hospital.

  5. askdsk
    askdsk November 23, 2012 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    Honoring tradition is one thing. Superstition is another. Zodiac is not pure tradition. If dragon is almighty above other creature, what happens to those born in other years? Plenty of these silly beliefs in Chinese culture.
    Thanksgiving becomes a family holiday and a good one. I want to see tradition that can bring people together. Not something that puts you on defense. I am quite indifferent when my year comes around.
    I know many cultures think red is an offensive color.

  6. Ashleigh Son
    Ashleigh Son November 23, 2012 at 11:22 am | | Reply

    Well, mine is the year of the dragon, and in that time I got married to the love of my life…. best thing that ever happened to me. Maybe you will have a very lucky year after all. Just wear lots of red and jade. 🙂 Although I rarely wear red. I have a little dragon statue next to my bed, and he is slightly red. Could that be protection of the dragon? I don’t know. Haha, aren’t traditions just lovely?

  7. Andi
    Andi November 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm | | Reply

    Great suggestions!!!

  8. jenna cody
    jenna cody November 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm | | Reply

    Also, if this is how it works, that means everyone in the world would have a bad year when they were 12, and another at 24, and another at 36, and so on. Every single person would have a bad year in that year of their life, at that age. 12 and 24 make sense: 12 is a tween year, generally junior high, and those years are always particularly trying (not just 12, but 11-15 seems to be pretty difficult for everyone. Being a young teen is hard). At 24 you’re an adult but a young one, with few resources and less money, expected to ‘make it’ in the adult world but with no idea of how to actually do so when you’re broke as a joke and for many, the dating world seems set up simply to inflict misery upon all.

    I just can’t believe, though, that everyone in the world has a bad year at age 12 and another at 24, and nobody has a good year at age 24 or whatever. That’s just plainly not true.

    I can’t speak for 36 and up as I’m only 32, but you’d think those years’d get better…

    But as for these beliefs being “silly”, no. They’re no sillier than any other similar belief from any other culture, and everyone has something they think is silly: I mean, I’m an atheist. Could I say “Believing in a god, any god, is a silly belief, a crazy superstition?” I *could*, but I won’t. And yet to me, beliefs about Chinese astrology or folk gods really is no different than, say, going to church.

  9. jenna cody
    jenna cody November 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm | | Reply

    That said, I LOVE those earrings and I think I have to buy them.

  10. askdsk
    askdsk November 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm | | Reply

    I hope you are not insulting religious people.
    Seeking a personal relationship with God is very different from getting a red underwater due to a belief of blessing from whom and for what reason?
    I don’t care if other people choose to follow the superstition.

  11. Yifei Zheng
    Yifei Zheng November 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm | | Reply

    this sweater doesn’t offer a red one
    its just the picture..
    you should find another one

  12. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason November 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm | | Reply

    不要緊! The year I turned 36, I married Tom, traveled to three European countries, learned I was pregnant with my daughter, and left corporate America behind forever (at least I hope!). It will be a fabulous year for you, too. These shopping times are the best. I just found this amazing website for all things Asian, especially Chinese. They have a 50% off online sale until November 30. I just bought Tom some dragon cufflinks (not his zodiac year, but something to remember this year) and a Hong Kong matching game for said daughter. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season–all the way to the Chinese New Year!

  13. Manny
    Manny November 26, 2012 at 10:57 am | | Reply

    Wow! Jocelyn, you have given me a very good idea for me to buy a sexy red underwear for my soon-to-be ABC girlfriend.

  14. Laura
    Laura November 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm | | Reply

    I was born in the snake year as well. In 2001, I was in China, fell in love with the most amazing Chinese man and got married that year. I didn’t know that ban nian was unlucky cause I feel like the luckiest girl of all!

  15. Manny
    Manny December 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | | Reply

    @Laura. You rock White girl. I am elated to read that you found and married a Chinese man. I am close to getting a Chinese girlfriend and this weekend I will propose to her to be my girlfriend. If she says “yes” then I will finally have a “fortune chickie.” Wish me luck

  16. Bruce
    Bruce December 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm | | Reply

    If you don’t want to lose your ass off at the casinos , wear red underwear. 🙂 LOL hahahhahaha. Red underwear and red high heels . What a perfect combination!

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