Year of the Rat Gift Guide

An animal that's respected for its resourcefulness, the little rodent is celebrated in each product here

According to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, 2020 is the year of the metal rat. Beginning 25 January, this lunar year promises various things depending on your astrological sign and birth year, but it’s believed that since the rat is the first year of the 12-year cycle (and it’s the beginning of a new decade), this year can be used to set the tone and pace …

Year of the Pig Gift Guide

Swine-themed accessories, snacks and drinks to celebrate Chinese New Year

According to the Chinese zodiac, the pig is the last of the 12 animals (the reason for which varies in several myths) and exemplifies wealth. This year, 5 February marks the beginning of another year of the pig. To celebrate this Lunar New Year, we’ve rounded up several swine-themed items—from sweets to sneakers and beyond. “Year of the Pig” Old Skool Sneakers Made in collaboration …

China’s Spectacular Molten Metal “Fireworks”

A 500-year-old Lunar New Year ritual in Nuanquan, China (a short span, considering the nation has celebrated the holiday for 3,800 years), Da Shuhua involves Chinese blacksmiths tossing molten iron at an icy door to create a riveting shower of sparks. The name translates to “beating down the tree flowers,” which refers to an agricultural practice that stimulates growth in fruit-bearing plants. It was developed as a …