Depending on your time zone, today is the eve of the Chinese New Year. If you celebrate the occasion, you should have finished all your cleaning by now. Remember, if you do any in the first three days, bad luck will befall you. As you will know, this is the Year of the Monkey, one of the twelve zodiac signs in the Chinese Lunar calendar. Some say that if you were born in a monkey year (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004), the portends aren’t that good for you. You should dress in red because that’s a lucky colour.
The symbols above are the Mandarin symbols for the title at the top, and they wish you good health and prosperity in the year ahead.
I did post a Holiday compilation last year, but I waited for a month or so to post a selection of music specific to China. This year, I’m combining the two and wish all celebrating Imlek a happy holiday. And good luck if you’re a monkey.
01. Beijing Angelic Choir – Clear Moon, Quiet Winds
02. Andy Summers & Robert Fripp – China..Yellow Leader
03. Shanren – Thirty Years
04. Dennis Rea – Aviariations on A Hundred Birds Serenade the Phoenix
05. Steps Ahead – All The Tea In China
06. Shanghai Film Orchestra – Music Of A Thousand Springs