Chinese New Year and St. Valentine’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on February 15, 2010

February 14th – This year, Chinese New Year landed on the same day as Valentine’s Day. Yippee!

Chinese New Year – Year of the Tiger

  • Days leading up to Chinese New Year: massive cleaning effort at home
  • New Year’s Eve: “passing the year” dinner (must include a whole chicken, bbq pork, and whole fish to start the year off), tangerine/clementine and candy around the house

New Year Day:

  • This year, the early hours (between 1:00am and 2:00am) of the new year were considered auspicious times so my family went to temple at Los Angeles Buddhist Union. We lit incense, paid our respects, and prayed for the new year.
  • My family recognizes many of the traditions/festivities as listed on the link above
  • Paid respects to elders and received red envelopes from them. Most enjoyable part of Chinese New Year, particularly for youngsters. Even better when you have a large (extended) family (as I do!).

Washington Post featured my old kung fu school/lion dance troupe in honor of Chinese New Year, culture, and tradition: The Breakdown: Dances with lions (The Washington Post Magazine) – February 14, 2010.

St. Valentine’s Day

Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

– Hitch

I believe in showing someone how you feel about him/her through small and simple acts of love, thoughtfulness, and kindness everyday. Here’s to lovin’ more of and more love in the new year.

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