Gong Xi Fa Cai from Heat Pumps NOW
But what does this have to do with Heat Pumps NOW?
A 15 Day Party!
The Lantern Festival has marked the end of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 221 AD), which was a really long time ago. Like our Western calendar, the Chinese calendar is also divided into twelve blocks, except each one is represented by an animal and they last a whole year instead of a month.
2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle. It’s believed that those born in the Year of the Monkey are very sociable, curious, enthusiastic but a bit cheeky. While it may sound like Heat Pumps NOW Director Blair Ashdowne, he was actually born in the Year of the Rabbit. Typical personality traits for those born under the Rabbit zodiac include being gentle, quiet, elegant and patient. Definitely sounds like Blair!
Why is this important for Christchurch?
The main colour for celebrations is red, which is just perfect for Canterbury Crusaders fans! It promises to be an exciting night and a lot of fun.
Did you know a calendar based on moon phases is called a Lunisolar calendar? You do now!
Locally these celebrations show a more multicultural and vibrant Christchurch. Nationally and internationally the Christchurch Lantern Festival is strengthening bonds around the world. Japanese Search & Rescue teams arrived in Christchurch after February 22nd, and Kiwi teams went to Japan after they suffered their own disaster earthquake three and a half weeks later. What global unity!
Now for the clever part where we relate the Christchurch Lantern Festival and Chinese New Year back to Heat Pumps NOW. We could say that the lanterns are also a source of heat and would keep partygoers warm, especially those in China in the Northern Hemisphere. Both lanterns and heat pumps come in a variety of sizes and designs. Unlike the brightly coloured lanterns, heat pumps are meant to be discreet and go unnoticed in the background. At a real stretch, releasing lanterns into the sky to symbolize the letting go of the old and bringing in the new is mirrored by heat pumps cycling fresh air in and out of a room.
Check out the Christchurch Lantern Festival in Hagley Park on the 27th & 28th of February, and have a Gong Xi Fa Cai from the team at Heat Pumps NOW.