Wednesday, February 29, 2012

本命年(bén mìng nián) Your Own Chinese Zodiac Year

The Chinese animal zodiac is a rotating cycle of 12 years, every 12 years a certain animal year recurs. 

For example, if a person was born in the year 2011, which was the year of the rabbit, then this person's animal sign is the rabbit. Every 12 years, when this person is 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 etc., the year of the rabbit recurs, which is this person's own zodiac year, or in Chinese is 本命年(bén mìng nián) (literally can be translated as 'the year of origin life' ).


According to ancient Chinese superstition, in one’s own zodiac year, he will offend Tai Sui, the god of age in Chinese mythology, and will have bad luck during that year. Then how to avoid bad luck during this year? The most common way is wearing something red given by someone else, such as socks, a ribbon, clothes, underwear, a waistband or a bracelet. 
flower bracelet

All kinds of red jewelry

Or you may wear jade jewelry. Jade jewelry can be worn anywhere on the left side of the body to increase your luck during this unfortunate year. But please notice that it has to be a gift from someone else though. You can' t buy your own lucky jewelry. For extra luck-enhancing benefit, small icons of your zodiac sign are recommended.
jade jewelry with carved dragon icon
all kinds of jade jewelry