Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year


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Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4708 begins TODAY.

The year of the tiger...

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in tiger years are natural leaders and excel as actors, pilots, writers, and managers. They are authoritative, courageous, emotional, and intense. Demi Moore,Emily Bronte, Tom Cruise, and John Steinbeck were all born in the year of the tiger. (for more traits, or to find out what year YOU were born under, go here.)


Chinese New Year is a time to start with a blank slate. Chinese families clean their homes, buy new clothing, and repay any debts they may owe in order to prepare for the New Year.

On New Year's Eve, families decorate their homes. They set off fireworks to scare away evil spirits. Families also prepare a feast of traditional Chinese New Year foods.

Chinese New Year is also a time for people to connect with family and honor their ancestors. On New Year's Day, people visit family members and friends to wish them luck in the New Year. They say "Gung hay fat choy," which means, "May you prosper." Children receive red envelopes called lai see with gifts of money inside.

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