Thursday, February 7, 2008

February 7 - Chuc' Mung` Nam Moi' (Happy New Year)

It's Chinese New Year today (sometimes called Lunar New Year). Though I don't slant that way...LOL...most Asians still celebrate it. It's the biggest, most important holiday in the east. It starts on the first day of the lunar month and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival.


During this festival, children can be seen playing and carrying their lanterns at night. These lanterns can be very simple to quite ornate. I can remember making one as a child and parading around with it as it hung from a stick all while singing traditional Vietnamese songs.

But my all time favorite tradition has to be receiving those coveted red envelopes filled with, hopefully, lots of crisp, cold cash. One only has to greet a married adult with a new year's blessing of good luck, i.e. "I wish for you a year full of health, happiness and love."...well, that was my stapled phrase and it worked every time. LOL Now, as a married person, it's my duty to pass that tradition along to the unmarried regardless of age should they present me with such a greeting. Okay, so no one greeted me with such endearment today, but the Mickster and the Pink Princess did score big with a few red envelopes from their Ngoai and Auntie L.

260 comments:

karinco said...

Oooh, ooh, ooh am I too late? I wish for you a year of good luck, good health and good fortune. (eyeballing those flashy red envelopes) lol hint hint.....LOL

Happy Chinese New Year my opposite slant eyed friend!!! Where is the pic of the fancy lantern. You DID make one....didn't you?

K:)
ps....thanks for being such a good friend!! Your calls always seem to come at just the right time! xoxoxo

Kel said...

The M4B that Aileigh and I have you get on your walk page. Just sign in and its either on your team page or your personal page and it says extras. Click on that and it will have all kinds of little "widgets" and banners.

I need some money too there matriarch!!

Life With My 3 Boybarians said...

"I wish for you a year full of health, happiness and love."

Which makes me wonder... you know the store Red Envelope? Is this its origin?

If you go back a a page or so on my blog, you can see the lanterns we made when we were studying China, Japan and Korea. Mine only lasted about 6 hours before they were destroyed by a little "Trouble maker". ;)

Happy New Year!

krys785 said...

We each got a flashy red envelope with some lucky money in it from our Home Office but ours only had $2... lol. Maybe I should play it in the lotto to test it out... lol. Happy Chinese New Year :)

Krystal

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