This Week...Celebrating Chinese New Year

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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!

 

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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







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Brian England
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I would ask Aunt Berda for some silverware as well since I don't know how to use chopsticks, haha.

Jan 25, 2020 06:37 AM #11
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Good morning Kathy Streib - I am wishing you a great family celebration. Good idea to enjoy rather than do all of the cooking.

Jan 25, 2020 06:44 AM #12
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Kathy - Very interesting information.  I had no clue. I did find out my sign is a monkey.  Since my birthday sign is a bull I wonder if they get along. 

I love Chinese. Enjoy and happy Chinese New Year. 

 

 

Jan 25, 2020 07:06 AM #13
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Kathy,

What a lovely post honoring Chinese New Year.  When we lived in Los Angeles, we would go to Chinatown and enjoy the festivities of Chinese New Year after the initial parade and crowds.  We did the same in San Francisco...Enjoy your meal...A

Jan 25, 2020 07:15 AM #14
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Happy Chinese New Year. Just found out I'm a dragon. Always thought I was a snake, but apparently I fall the prior year's sign for some reason. Good. I'd rather be a dragon than a snake - I think. ??  Bet you're all going to have big fun on Sunday...I really respect folks who can cook Chinese food. Alas, that is not us either. We'd also be celebrating at a restaurant. :) 

Jan 25, 2020 07:54 AM #15
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Happy Chinese New Year,  I was at a Chinese restaurant last night since I figure it would be to busy tonight there.

 

Jan 25, 2020 08:19 AM #16
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Gong Hee Fot Choy (Greetings Of Riches) to you too!

Rat Year = Sagittarius in the Western Zodiac. This year we are gonna see SO MUCH MORE in politics! Reveal after refeal! LOL

I'm a plucky Fire Rooster! Cock a dilly doo!  (I made the metal typo 2x today- probably bc I was listening to Metal music! LOL)

And Ox is Capricorn . . . ambitious, careful and loyal. That's a very nice year for a Libra. The two signs' rulers are 'each other's antidotes' so Libra Oxes are more decisive and can give form to their vision! xoxoxo

Jan 25, 2020 08:22 AM #17
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Happy Chinese New Year, Kathy!
I especially like the quote by Confucius. 

Apparently I am a Dragon lady:
Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance, ambition, authority, dignity and capacity. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful.

Jan 25, 2020 11:27 AM #18
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Kathy hope you have fun at your celebration.  The Chinese have a far better opinion of the rat than I do.  After reading about the qualities the rat represents to Chinese People it is very understandable why one of the the Chinese New Years would be named after the rat.

Jan 25, 2020 01:43 PM #19
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Hi Sham Reddy CRS isn't that a great quote?!

Wayne Martin If I'm really hungry I have to use a fork..I can't shovel food in fast enough with chopsticks.

Donald Urschalitz isn't that scary. They are testing a student at Texas A&M to see if he has the virus. 

Jan 25, 2020 05:28 PM #20
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Hi Kat Palmiotti I'm an Ox but I don't follow all of the traits!

Barbara Todaro It's fun to check and see where you are in the zodiac. I've found that eating with chopsticks is a great way to diet!!! At least it is for me! (I hope they have forks tomorrow)

 

Jan 25, 2020 05:31 PM #21
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Hi Nina Hollander Thank you!  I can't wait to eat Chinese food tomorrow. 

Michael Jacobs my friend can speak Cantonese but when she married someone whose family spoke Mandarin, she said it was like learning another language. 

Thank you Sheila Anderson I remember people giving us little red envelopes with money in them. 

Jan 25, 2020 05:34 PM #22
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Myrl Jeffcoat you have quite the menagerie!!!   And thank you for the feature in your group. 

Brian England I loved that she would do that for us!!!! Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. 

Jan 25, 2020 05:37 PM #23
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Grant Schneider I would love to have had everyone over but we would have to have ordered in. 

Hi Sharon Lee Barbara Todaro is a monkey as well!!!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel We're actually going to be in Houston's Chinatown tomorrow. We avoided today because of the crowds. 

 

 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD my grandmother came over when she was just a little girl and lived next to an Italian family. While her lasagna, sauce and meatballs are wonderful, we would always laugh when she said she was going to prepare a Chinese meal. 

Jan 25, 2020 05:45 PM #25
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Will Hamm smart move. It's like going out for Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo. 

Candice A. Donofrio wow, I rather read what you have to say than what I found on the net. 

Carol Williams being a dragon sounds pretty good to me. 

Jan 25, 2020 05:48 PM #26
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George Souto it's fun looking it up to see what zodiac character you are. They also list some things you're not supposed to do but I didn't follow any of them. 

Jan 25, 2020 05:49 PM #27
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Morning Kathy.

So you are an ox?  Interesting, I just looked it up, so am I.  Small world, right? 

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Hi Kathy:

What a fun post to honor the Chinese New Year.  It's been fun to read about all the celebrations.

Gong hei fat choy!!

Jeff

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Kathy Streib It a good thing to keep tradition going. I'm a goat(August /43) not sure if that's good, bottom line my Mum was Scottish and she would say treat people how you would like to be treated. 
Happy Chinese New Year, have a fun and successful year.

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