High-tech people send us emails and we got one today from Verizon Wireless. They said that in 2010 the Chinese New Year marks "The Year of the Tiger." All day long C.C. the Cat has pretended to be a Tiger and he's trying to sound real scary, saying "Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!"
Then we realized the date — February 14 — is the same day as Valentine's Day! We're planning a party! We're having hot & sour soup, Chinese New Year good luck oranges, and chocolates and brownies in the shape of hearts!
Wikipedia says the "Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the 'Lunar New Year' by English speakers." We really like the part where they say "The tradition is a great way to reconcile forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone." See the full entry here.
The day is celebrated with fireworks, dragon dances, lion dances, big family meals, and decorating with Duilian.
The thing we like the most is we get red envelopes with money! Tradition says that they give good luck and ward off evil spirits. See Wikipedia for pictures of how pretty the red envelopes look!
The tiger is supposed to mean courage, strength and wisdom. That makes us think of Tony the Tiger on the Frosted Flakes box. In 1974 (way before we were born!), the Kellogg's cereal people said "This is the Year of the Tiger and Tony is the Tiger of the Year".
We want everybody to know that the Verizon Wireless people did not pay us anything to say why we're so happy with their email. For one thing, we're happy over just about everything!
Also, we learned that the Verizon people are having special events and a student Lunar New Year Essay Contest. Here's what they said to us in the email –
Starting February 6, students can enter to win a $5,000 cash award by answering the following questions in 500 words or less:
- What does Lunar New Year mean to you and your family?
- What would you like to accomplish in the Year of the Tiger?
Students must be between the ages of 13 and 24 and attend an accredited high school or college.
That means we're not old enough to enter!
If you go here you'll see they are also giving away a Samsung Renown Global Phone and $75 dollars in Verizon Wireless Giftcards. They also are inviting everybody to go to their special events in Seattle, Portland and in places in California — San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, Garden Grove, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Chinese speaking customers can use a website designed just for them! Go here and find "translated features" including "Backup Assistant, VZ Navigator, Chaperone, VCAST Music with Rhapsody, ringtones and ringback tones and text messaging." The website also links to information in Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.
Verizon Wireless ends by saying, "Wishing you prosperity through fortitude and hard work in 2010!" We with that for them, too! We like them so much we're going to send Valentine's Day cards to them — cards that we designed ourselves! See Valentine's Day cards for guys & geeks to give — cards without the 'L' word! — at The Computious Gift Gallery.
This posting is written by Computious® — The Everyday age of the Digital Age! — not to be confused with Confucius! She is friends with DotComplicated, MeiMei, Serge deFault, PingPong the Panda, Sweet & Sour the Pig, C.C. the Cat, and Elman the Elephant.