Sunday, February 18, 2007
Happy Chinese New Year!
It's the year of the Pig!
Mei Lin was born in the year of the Rooster (2005).
We celebrated this holiday with Mei Lin to keep up with her culture. We had the best family day! I am very grateful for having this wonderful little girl in my life. We went to Charlottetown for the day and took her to the Civic Center for some Jack Frost fun (but we missed the Backyardigans!). She went on the scrambler with her daddy...and danced with her mommy, watched some figure skating and had some cotton candy. We then went and had some Chinese food...a perfect end to our day! Though not a typical Chinese New Year celebration, we thought this year it was best to just embrace this amazing little girl and give her some one on one with just the three of us! And of course...mommy was silly and forgot her camera...
Here is some info on Chinese New Year...
“Gung Hey Fa Choy!”; “Wishing you prosperity and wealth!” It is known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. The exact date of this holiday is based on the lunar cycles of the Gregorian calendar, so the date falls in either January or February every year. There are many preparations to ensure a new year of good luck.
The observers of Chinese New Year carefully clean out their houses before the celebration begins, so the bad luck is cleaned out of the house. The cleaning is preformed in a precise manner. They sweep the floor towards the door, encouraging the bad luck to leave the household. In a way, Chinese New Year is like spring cleaning to its celebrators. Each family member wears a new outfit for this special occasion to display a new start.
Before the party begins, families burn incense and offer a feast in front of their family shrine. When the holiday feast begins, the celebrators makes sure to dine with un-chipped and un-cracked plates.
Some treats children enjoy are candies wrapped in gold foil, chocolate coins and sweet sticky rice. Everyone wishes each other good fortune by exchanging red envelopes, Lai See Hong Boa, filled with an even amount of money. The Lai See Hong Boa envelopes are inscribed with good luck characters in the front.