Happy Chinese New year - The Year of the Monkey

Monday, 08 February 2016
Happy Chinese New year - The Year of the Monkey

 


The Feel Good Team would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year and learn about some of the popular traditions.

Chinese New year is traditionally celebrated with a big New Year’s Eve dinner. This usually serves as a reunion dinner, especially for family members who don’t live at home. Fish is always served and dumplings are a popular dish in Northern China.


Fireworks are used to help celebrate Chinese New Year but they also have another important purpose. They have traditionally been used to drive off evil spirits and are set off at 12:00PM on New Year’s Eve.


The Red Packet is one of the most recognisable images attached to Chinese New Year. The red Packet is a red envelope with money in it, which usually ranges from one to a few thousand Yen. The red envelope is given by the older generations to the younger generations. It is believed that the money will help the younger generations live a successful and healthy long life.
 
Now that we have had a look at how Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated, we thought we would compare the human and the monkey eye to help celebrate.


The main difference between Monkeys and their Human ‘cousin’s’ eyes is the colour around their irises. Humans have a white iris compared to mostmonkeys who have a dark brown iris. This makes it easier to see where humans are looking, which helps when communicating.

But there are also lots of similarities between humans and monkey’s eyes; humans and some species of monkey have three-colour vision. This means that both species have three types of light sensitive cells in their retina. Allowing both species to distinguish the difference between blue, green and red. But like 1 in 12 men who are colour blind, some species of monkey find it difficult to the tell the difference between red and green.


So there you have it, we hope everyone enjoys the Chinese New Year celebrations. And remember if you were born in a year of the monkey, you might have more in common with your Chinese Zodiac Animal than you first thought. You can check out our coloured contact lenses to achieve the primal look.


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