L‑O-V‑E is in the air.

Posted on 22/01/21

The four letter word L-O-V-E. Love makes us whole. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is what makes the world go round. Love is family. Love is Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day put together!

The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21st and February 20th annually. Lunar New Year 2021 is on February 12th and it's the Year of the Ox.

The Chinese horoscope is based on the 12 animals above, each having its own year in the cycle.

The Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Customs and traditions concerning this celebration vary widely. The eve of the New Year is usually the annual reunion dinner for Chinese families. It is an occasion full of food and laughter surrounded by loved ones. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another tradition is for married couples to give money in red envelopes to children. Often, people will wish each other good fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity. It is important that during this celebration, everyone is dress in brightly coloured clothes to bring on the good luck. Fire crackers and Lion / Dragon dance is also is also often seen; it's loud noises to drive away bad fortune.

This year, Lunar New Year falls on 12th February. So, time to get ready to celebrate! Here are some links to get you started and ForwardVia can help you ship your goods to you anywhere in the world.

Decorations from Party Delights, Amazon, Etsy.

Cards from Zazzle, Amazon, Moonpig

Fun accessories from Zazzle

Following on closely is Valentine's Day on the 14th. It's the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.

The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14th February, he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".

This is the day to make your move if you secretly admire someone and you want him/her to know. Also a day to show your appreciation and love to partners, boyfriends, girlfriends (you really should), husbands, wives ( a definite must!) and even good friends. Especially in this pandemic, let's just show love to all!

Here are a few links to help you out, whether you are looking for fun, funny or romantic presents.

Personalised gifts from Not on the High Street, Prezzy Box, MenKind,

Funny gifts from Not on the High Street, Getting Personal, Funky Pigeon

Romantic gifts for Her and Him - John Lewis, Find Me a Gift

Remember to stay safe during this pandemic. Obey the guidelines set where ever you may be. Shop online if possible and we at ForwardVia will help you get your purchases to you anywhere in the world.

Hold your loved ones close. Whether you celebrate Lunar New Year, Valantine's Day or just celebrate each other, we all at ForwardVia wish you a month full of love, happiness, gratitude and good health.

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