This Week...Celebrating Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is today, January 25. When I was younger, my family would attend various family dinners. You were a family member by virtue of your last name, so the dinners could have 50, 60, 70 or more in attendance.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius
These were 9-course dinners and the dishes were brought out one at a time. Imagine sitting at one of these things as a 9-year-old. You were admonished if you dared pick up your chopsticks and pretended to play the drums.
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius
Thankfully, my dear Aunt Berda would always go to the kitchen and return with a handful of knives and forks so the kids could eat without struggling with our chopsticks. (and yes, I can use them!)
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
This year my nieces have planned for a large part of the family (23) to celebrate on Sunday afternoon by going to a Chinese restaurant. You’d think we’d have a big dinner at my house but the problem is no one can cook Chinese food except for rice and stir-fry!
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
This is the year of the Rat. You can learn more about what you are in the Chinese Zodiac. I was born in the year of the Oxen. I’m not crazy about being linked with an Ox but it’s certainly better than a Pig or Snake.
Have a wonderful weekend and
Gung Hay Fat Choy