Happy Chinese New Year!

February 3, 2011

February 3, 2011

Firecrackers burst to scare away evil spirits, houses have been thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned in order to sweep away any ill-fortune from the previous year, Hong Bao ("Red Packets") filled with money are handed out to children to encourage prosperity... It's the Chinese New Year!

This year is considered to be the Year of Rabbit, which means diplomacy should reign and cool heads will prevail.  After the tumultuousness of 2010 (the Year of the Tiger), the calm and quiet demeanor of the Rabbit should be welcome.  Chinese mythology reveres the Rabbit as a symbol of longevity, as his essence is said to draw from the moon.  As some observers have noted, the Rabbit "symbolizes graciousness, good manners, sound counsel, kindness, and sensitivity to beauty."  Thus, the pace of life should slow down, as refinement and good taste are valued.

To learn more about the traditions associated with the Chinese New Year you might click here.  In the meantime, wear some red today to ensure happiness, wealth and good fortune in the coming year... and don't forget to wish your neighbors Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! (May prosperity be with you!)

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