Happy Chinese New Year ! The Year of the Rat

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Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

  Chinese New Year begins tomorrow. The rat is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac and begins the first year of a 12 year cycle. We have am number of Chinese clients and are fascinated by their culture and traditions.   The New year is typically celebrated with family and friends with the spirit of starting anew....there are traditional foods served and in China the celebration extends for two weeks. The timing of the holiday centers around the first new moon and can be in January and February.             The celebration begins tonight...New Year's Eve. Different foods served have different meanings. A whole fish symbolizes prosperity. dumplingsDumplings, a very popular Chinese menu item that can be filled with shrimp, chicken, pork or other combinations of foods, symbolize wealth. It is likely that noodles, signifying longevity, will also be a part of the menu.The addition of grapes and peas to the menu promise prosperity in the new year.

     In keeping with the new year...the houses are cleaned...and everything about a person is also cleaned from a shower and shampoo to manicures.  It is all a part of the spirited renewing and lucky tradition.

   Fireworks are set off at midnight and again in the early morning to celebrate the coming of the new year. Some families burn play paper money to honor their ancestors, their belief is that it will bring good fortune to them in the afterlife.

     The color red is very prominent in this celebration and it symbolizes prosperity.  We have given our Chinese clients "New Year's Prosperity" gifts in bright red bags. The bags are filled with all things that wish them well in the new year. Gold foil covered chocolate coins, strawberry candy and other "celebration goodies" are our choice to wish them well in th enew year. 

    However you choose to celebrate this holiday....we wish you the most prosperous of this new year with only the best of everything to come.

    This has been a celebratory post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with EXP Realty, LLC honored to be of service for all things real estate in southeastern Wisconsin.

   

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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Sally and David - yes, many traditions are part of the Chinese New Year celebrations and festivities.  Happy New Year.  

Jan 24, 2020 06:42 AM #1
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Rose Mary Justice
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It is always interesting to learn how others celebrate.  I love the color Red and happy to know it signifies Prosperity.  This is the color of our company logo.   Best Wishes to all.

Jan 24, 2020 06:50 AM #2
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Indeed, preparations for Chinese New Year have begun here too. My manicurist has been working harder than ever; lots of customers coming for mani/pedis. Chinatown is decked out with tangerines galore.   Chinese lion dancers, complete with firecrackers, have begun visiting stores and restaurants in Chinatown bestowing good fortune on the businesses for the coming year. The festivities will culminate with the huge Chinese New Year parade on February 8.

 

Jan 24, 2020 06:53 AM #3
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Norma J. Elkins
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I always like to hear of different traditions and cultures.  This is sounds like a good one filled with food and the color red, and who doesn't love the color red?  I am sure your clients love that you know at lease somethings about their traditions!  Have a wonderful day!

Jan 24, 2020 07:11 AM #4
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Sam Shueh
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Snakes -- the Chinese cobra -- may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter. 26 death so far.

Make sure your fluffy is not going to take a rat as meal. 

Rats-Coronaviral infections but can cause clinical disease in immunodeficient rats.  

Jan 24, 2020 07:15 AM #5
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Sam Shueh
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May the year of rats bring you happiness. Actually one is not supposed to wash their hair for 1 week to preserve your wealth.... 

Jan 24, 2020 07:18 AM #6
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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I read that Sam Shueh ,...I understood that to be after the new year....to keep the wealth and prosperity "in check."

Jan 24, 2020 07:22 AM #7
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Scott Godzyk
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I will be at Mohegan Sun Casino Saturday night and got all kinds of info on all the activities, event and food for the New Year. I cant wait

Jan 24, 2020 07:23 AM #8
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We have been there Scott Godzyk  I am sure there are quite the festivities !

Jan 24, 2020 07:26 AM #9
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Sally/David, Nice to learn about different cultures and their celebrations. Mmm, and dumplings too!

Jan 24, 2020 07:28 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sally and David,

What a nice discussion on Chinese New Year.  I learned from one of our teachers, that this is also the start of the Spring Festival...A

Jan 24, 2020 08:58 AM #11
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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That's true Ron and Alexandra Seigel though in this part of the country snow covered lawns  are less than "spring" in appearance.

Jan 24, 2020 10:14 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - we have a number of Chinese friends and there are many celebrations around here.

Jan 24, 2020 11:20 AM #13
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Beth Atalay
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I really like this post Sally K. & David L. Hanson, one of my oldest and dearest friend who is Chinese always makes me a little red bag filled with different items to keep in my purse.  

Jan 24, 2020 12:30 PM #14
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Jay Markanich
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I couldn't care less about the Chinese New Year.

But those rats!  They spread bubonic plague, SARS, and now contribute to coronavirus, prominently beginning in China!  Run!  Run from the rats!

This PSA is brought to you free of charge.

Jan 24, 2020 01:33 PM #15
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Jay Markanich
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By the way, I am a snake.  Vain, wise and prone to anger.  We eat rats...

Jan 24, 2020 02:22 PM #16
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Sally and David a rat is a strange animal to have a New Year named after.  It doesn't seem to have the same impact as the Year of the Dragon.

Jan 24, 2020 04:32 PM #17
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Hi Sally and David- Happy New Year to you! None of what you mentioned above will be going on in the Streib household with the exception of going to dinner on Sunday. LOL  My pedicure isn't until next week!

Jan 24, 2020 07:23 PM #18
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Morning Sally.

Every day is a celebration of one thing or another.  I did not know that, I do know that I will forget this day in a week or so.  Remind me next year.  Make it a great Saturday

Jan 25, 2020 01:38 AM #19
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