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Happy Chinese New Year!

Lyle Sopel -

Dear Collector Friend,



Today officially marks the beginning of the lunar New Year – the Year of the Fire Rooster to be  exact, and a time that celebrates new beginnings and intentions.

A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on lunar New Year’s day, providing hope and energy for new good things to come into your life. According to Eastern beliefs, how a year begins is a clue to how it unfolds.

First question to ask yourself: Are you a rooster?  Here are some of the world’s most famous Roosters:

  • Bob Marley
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Britney Spears

According to Marlyna Los from ( – she says to do these things before New Year’s Eve (January 27th) to maximize your new beginning:

  • Give your home a good spring cleaning
  • Decorate your home with symbols of good fortune
  • Decorate with bright red (happiness) or gold and orange (wealth and happiness)
  • Get your haircut and new clothes
  • Clear out old stagnant energy

On the Chinese New Year, Marlyna Los recommends doing the following:

  • Start the New Year with new, red clothes
  • Greet everyone with kind words and happy wishes
  • Never cry or complain on New Year’s day
  • Don’t sweep the floor, remove garbage or use scissors to prevent bad fortune

It is customary for the Chinese to give two Lai See (Red Envelope with money enclosed) to each unmarried child

Sopel Studio would like to wish you all a prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year!

Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,


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