Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Photo by Choo Yut Shing via Flicker
 I've always loved Chinese New Year, even if I am just an on-the-surface observer. I like the extra-good food that comes out at Dim Sum, the dragon parades in the streets, and the happiness mixed with mayhem in the air. I also really like the shiny red envelopes and other decorations, though again, I am the first to admit I don't know much about the meaning and traditions behind them.

One of the great things about having kids is celebrating holidays with them. Because the same energy that makes kids the least good of companions on house-bound snow days makes them the best folks in the world to enjoy any and all holidays.

So when Chinese (or Lunar) New Year comes tomorrow, my kids and me are all about celebrating, even if I don't really know the first thing about how it is properly celebrated. (We had our New Year back in September.)

This is how these Jersey Jews are celebrating the Year of the Rabbit:

Making Pomelo Sea Breezes and Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps using recipes from one of my favorite sites, If You Can Make That, You Can Make This 

Reading Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed Young

Going to one of the great events in Chinatown that run through the weekend.

Giving the kids these fabulous red envelopes with a little money inside to ensure this will be a prosperous year for them:
And last, my big brother LESster has picked this auspicious date to vacate his bachelor digs, leaving after a decade of living just steps from the heart of Chinatown. Good luck in the new year in your new place. Manhattan's loss is Brooklyn's gain.

Family one last time in the old neighborhood.
Happy 4708 everyone, however you celebrate!


Jill said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you!

Katy said...

Gung hay fat choy!I'm glad your family is joining in the celebration!

l.e.s.ter said...

I love that picture! In other good news, Vonage is letting me keep my 212 number. Yes! (And no thanks to you, Time Warner. As usual...)

Elizabeth - Flourish in Progress said...

We normally don't celebrate Chinese New Year's in a big way, but I have been counting down the days for the Year of the Rabbit, The last time it was the Year of the Rabbit, my daughter was born, so it holds a special place in my heart. After the Year of the Tiger, I am ready for the peace and creativity that the Year of the Rabbit is supposed to bring. OMG I sound so Asian right now.

Anna said...

Thank you Jill and Katy for your CNY greetings!

l.e.s.ter - they let you be 212 in brooklyn? is that legal? and yeah, the pic turned out great despite the guy who took it acting like it didnt.

Elizabeth Jayne - so sweet about your daughter, i dont even know what my kids' chinese zodiac sign is.

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