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    Gung Hay Fat Choy!

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Happy Chinese New Year to you all! Or if literally translated from above, best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.

    It's the Year of the Rabbit, which is a lunar sign partial to beauty.

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    If you were born in one of these following years, then it's time to celebrate yourself!

    2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951

    A little information about what the symbol of the Rabbit represents in the Chinese Zodiac: you are sensitive person who places great importance on peace and tranquillity. The rabbit is also the sign that indicates longevity and fortune. They are quietly determined, talented and wildly ambitious. Rabbits are very tactful and can negotiate contracts with alarming clarity. They are pleasant people, kind and considerate to the sensitivities of others, Rabbits know how to take things in their stride without getting overly stressed out. They are well liked for their cool demeanour. And yet, when the going gets tough, the rabbit will make a hasty exit, passing the buck to others. Rabbits are also hypersensitive and overly sentimental. They tend to get moody and have a quiet cunning under their pleasant veneer. Rabbits may think they are being cautious but in reality, they like to complicate matters, often indulging in the worst case scenario.

    If you're wondering just if and why our family celebrates the Chinese New Year, it's not because we're living in the Far East. My Husband is Chinese, and though he's not too familiar with the full celebration, we try to do a little for the children so they can have further understanding into their heritage.

    At Eldest's previous school, we were able to get our Cultural Committee to have a Chinese New Year celebration. It was an event we looked forward to every year. Children and faculty alike loved this day for its unique flavor and charm!

    Want to celebrate a little inside your home? Lay out your oranges and tangerines in a bowl, and gather some flowers! It's customary to prepare your home as if you're expecting guests. Be they ancestors or living relatives, it's a sign of respect and is supposed to welcome in good fortune.

    If you have children and want to introduce them to something magical and new, there are numerous websites with fun projects and crafts for all ages. Here are a few of my favorites, some are even specific for this particular year!

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    I doubt that Eldest will have anything at ASIJ to commemorate the day, but I'm going to try and have something fun for both the children this evening. Perhaps something is happening within the city? Ooooh, to be so close to China and not be able to see their celebrations for the day first hand~Kathleen Benefield, I totally wish I was there with you and your sweet family for this day! I know our little scallywags would have the best time together!

    Y'all should check our her sweet blog, The Benefields, and see her southern expatriate adventures in Hong Kong. Our families come from such similar backgrounds its amazing!

    On that note, I'm off for the day. Syria is back in the country and headed to our home to clean it top to bottom...which means I have to clean as well. Ha!

    A lovely day to you all!

    One Response to “
    Gung Hay Fat Choy!

    Aspiring Kennedy said...

    oh my goodness. i want to come party with you guys. it looks like so much fun!

    i always love getting your updates from tokyo!!!