Thursday, February 11, 2016

CNY - the lunar new year

Yes, it's that time of year again - glorious Chinese New Year!
Read last year's info-post about it here.

Legend according to our second grade daughter:
"Once upon a time, there was a dragon. And there was a small village. The dragon lived high up in the mountains. The dragon came to eat people in the village.  And there was this woman and so, a man came and the woman said, 'If you want to stay, you can stay in my place but beware of the dragon.' The rest of the village were going to hide in another place and the man refused to go with them. So the man stayed in the woman's house that night and the dragon came. And the dragon saw the light on that house, so he went to that house. The dragon was afraid of the color red because it's the color of fire and he thought he would die. The man wore red, made fireworks, and hung red on the door to scare the dragon. When the dragon came, he just freaked out because he saw so much red. So the dragon left and the next morning everyone from the village thought the man was so amazing. That day was Chinese New Year. The dragon only comes on Chinese New Year."
[actual legend - very similar to ABear's - can be found at this link]

Dad & ABear saw the fireworks with our friends... mom stayed home with sick-belly BunnyCakes

this year - momma learned the Fan Dance - thank you, Chinese Teachers!

New tidbits of knowledge (hopefully these will add up over the coming years):
* don't go grocery shopping during the first 3 days of CNY
* do invite family over (or crash their house) and eat all the food you can find
* do give laisee [lie-see] red packets with $10-$20 (to children, singles, and those who help you)
* don't give any amount with a '4' in it
* don't give laisee to those "above" you in the contrived ladder of life
* do expect quiet streeets (unless you go to a CNY event)
* don't wear white. White means death. Wear it to a funeral. Red is lucky. Bright is best.
* do listen to loud gonging music. Scare away the dragon and the bad luck!
* do eat dumplings. They are designed in the shape of old Chinese money (!) Eat them and get rich, people.
* do expect this will be the BEST school assembly of the year. It's incredible. always.

Wishing you all prosperity and joy in the Year of The Monkey.

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