Chinese New Year began a few days ago on January 26, 2009. It's
the "Year of the Ox"! Those born in this year are supposed to be
stable, hardworking, and sometimes stubborn. Walt Disney was
born in an ox year.
The 15-day celebration is a time of festivity, food, and most
importantly, family. So here’s our “family” sharing with you some
of our favorite Chinese New Year traditions:
Sweet & Sour the Pig:
Unlike what people think, pigs can be just as clean as other
popular pets. I love cleanliness! My favorite part of Chinese
New Year is the time before new year’s when we clean up the
house. We “sweep out” the bad luck and start fresh.
MeiMei, Computious' little sister:
In addition to all the good food, I like receiving
the red envelope with “lucky” money in it.
Usually children and single people receive
them. I’m saving for college, but I’ve got
my eye on an iPhone too!
PingPong the Panda:
With my sweet tooth, of course I love the sweet goodies.
My favorite is the sticky rice ball with red bean paste. The
stickiness symbolizes family loyalty — sticking together!
Elman the Elephant:
I like the firecrackers that welcome the beginning of the new year. Many people believe the Chinese invented firecrackers and fire- works. (Children need to be careful and stay near their parents.) Because my hearing is so sharp (my ears are big!) I usually stay inside to listen to the firecrackers. Otherwise I get a headache!
She makes things complicated!
My favorite tradition comes from Northern China,
where on New Year’s Eve they serve potstickers
(“jiao zi”). They represent wealth because their
shape looks like golden ingots, which were used as
money many years ago. Computious taught me how
to eat these tasty dumplings with chopsticks, too!
C.C. the Cat:
My favorite Chinese New Year’s tradition? Is when it’s
the Year of the Tiger! One more year to go! Besides that,
though, I like to polish my claws practicing my Chinese
paper cutting skills to make the decorations for the doors
and windows. I usually end up with paper cuts on my paws
(ouch!) and you’ll see me wearing a lot of Band-Aids.
I like being part of the dragon in the Dragon Dance, which is on the last day of the New Year celebrations. Many Chinese equate the length of the dancing dragon with the amount of good luck the new year will bring. Dragons have been powerful symbols in Chinese culture for centuries. Most of them are good.
I love all the red clothing and decorations. Red is a powerful
color in the Chinese culture and symbolizes good fortune.
Many families buy new clothes for the new year. That’s one
of my favorite traditions!
Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings, family
reunion, and wishing others well. We wish you only
his posting is written by Computious® – The Everyday Sage of the Digital
Age! – friend of DotComplicated, Serge deFault, and sister to MeiMei.
Other friends include Sweet & Sour the Pig, C.C the Cat, PingPong the
Panda, and Elman the Elephant.What a group of characters!
V A L E N T I N E V A L E N T I N E V A L E N T I N E
D R I N K W A R E:
TEACHER “SOMETIMES IT'S HARD "KEYBOARDS OF THE
APPRECIATION TO MAKE A DECISION” RICH & FAMOUS"
"IT'S A GIRL" "IT'S A BOY" "THINGS ARE
B A B Y C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S LOOKING UP”
A P P A R E L :
VALENTINE “PEACEFUL PANDA" "PANDA MONIUM"
P O S T E R S:
"MY LIFE IS "MARRIED TO THE “GRATITUDE - THE
PANDA MONIUM" COMPUTER?" UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE"
(SAYING THANK YOU IN MORE
THAN 25 LANGUAGES)
THINKING OF YOU FRIENDSHIP "PANDA MONIUM"
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