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Year of the..

I’ve long been fascinated by other cultures celebrations.  In a ‘nutshell’ I love that there’s so much to learn.  No matter where you come from or what language you say “I love you” in… you can recognize others happy / others celebrations.

This year I’m going to note celebrations from around the world here.

Please share your favorite or favorites from where you call home.

Some ‘pops’ (fireworks) of information:

Chinese (Cantonese) ~ Gung hay fat choy (a New Year greeting meaning, “May you become prosperous.”)

Red symbolizes fire..which keeps away the evil spirits. An excellent reason to wear red often over the next 15 days!  {CTB ‘s monthly challenge is centered around this! }

This artical in the International Business Times ~ UK Edition is a fun and quick artical with some information on the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Here’s a cup of tea to enjoy while pondering celebrations.  (_);



Canadian, Mom, Wife, Sister, Aunt

3 thoughts on “Year of the..

  1. In Mandarin they say Xian Nian Quai La (phonetically spelled) to say Happy New Year. It is a spring festival (although it usually happens in late Jan. or early Feb.). It also has so many traditions to scare away evil spirts and bring good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. The red and noise are to scare away evil or Nian (a dragon who came down from the mountains would eat you if hungry). It is also a time to be with family and eat. I have just learned 8 dishes are lucky to have on your table (kinds of food). Fish is often eaten because it is lucky. The character for fish is like prosperity’s character. Dumplings and a glutenous ball filled with sweet black seasme seed is also popular this time of year. Both are delicious!


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