January 31, 2011

Happy Lunar New Year

According to the Chinese we are supposed to do a thorough cleaning of our house to sweep away the old year but on New Years day you don’t do any sweeping as you might clear away the good luck.

It’s a big holiday in China with decorations, fireworks, celebrations, parades and good food. Oh and you are supposed to wear red. I can do that.

This year it lands on February 3 but it’s not on the same day every year. It is always on a full moon but I’m not sure how to figure it out. I just look at my calendar.

If you didn’t make a resolution or haven’t been able to keep the one you made January first you have another chance to start again.

This will be the year of the rabbit. Hopefully that will bring financial luck since rabbits are lucky. Maybe our economy will improve. It could happen.

The Lunar New Year is a tradition held by many Asian countries and before Christianity came along the Pagans observed it as well. Most of their history was indeed swept away by the Christians so we don’t know all of the rituals and festivities they carried out but we can be sure it was a fun time of year sending out the old and bringing in the new.

So Happy Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year or Imbolc; no matter what you celebrate it’s a great time to wear red, eat Chinese food and think about the future.

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