~ Happy Chinese New Year ~ Gong Xi Fa Cai ~
I was born into a family that, while not of Asian ancestry, celebrated the Chinese New Year. My nearest and dearest are such Signs as Rabbit, Monkey, Ox, Dog, Horse, Dragon, and Snake! My mother prepared homemade Chinese food that was so good I still dream about it. I keep her memory alive by doing my best to replicate (and add to) her dishes.
Now my own family eagerly anticipates my feast of Chinese delicacies such as fried dumplings with rice vinegar and fresh ginger for dipping, a bountiful vegetable stirfry with oyster sauce, beef satay skewers with spicy peanut sauce, steamed noodles and sticky jasmine rice. That’s on my menu for this year anyways (it evolves).
Our house and front door have festive decorations that have been up for days. Tomorrow for our special supper we will wear something new and bright (preferably red!) and after dinner we’ll enjoy hot green tea with our fortune cookies as we laugh and ponder what they say. Then we joyfully enter a new year with a new Sign, embracing a positive expectancy of the very best.
May you and yours enjoy good fortune, vibrant health, abundant prosperity, and genuinely nourishing and loving relationships, this year and always.
The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese).
Even though the pronunciations are slightly different, both are written the same way: 恭禧發財
Welcome to Year of the Water Snake!
While last year’s Dragon was Yang energy, this year of the Snake is the balancing Yin.
We’ll probably see substantial developments in the area of science and technology this year.
This is a Water year as well, the element most closely associated with education and research,
which helps make 2013 an excellent year for scientists, educators, and academics.
Snake is a positive sign with lots of good energy that can help us face the challenges ahead.
Let’s take advantage of this vibrant influence to help improve our lives ~ and our whole world!