Happy Chinese New Year, January 24th, the Year of the Ox!

@writersedge (22579)
United States
January 17, 2009 8:59am CST
Some of my friends on Mylot celebrate Chinese New Year. I have heard it is the year of the Ox. I'm not Chinese, but I did look up the year I was born. I also looked up when my husband was born. We are both Roosters, born 11 months apart. If you celebrate Chinese New Year, what will you be doing? If you don't what is your year called in Chinese years?
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@GardenGerty (106866)
• United States
18 Jan 09
I do not celebrate Chinese New Year, but according to the place mats at Chinese restaurants, I was born in the year of the snake. I do not know what that means for me. Funny thing, while we are on this subject: My son loves dragons, and chivalry,etc. Has quite a few collectible dragons--you guessed it, Year of the Dragon. I have always called my daughter Sammie Lambie. I have collected lambs and sheep for her--Yup--Year of the Sheep. My current husband loves all animals, but especially wolves and dogs. Sure enough, Year of the Dog.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Wow! I'd love to see your house. Dragons, Lambs, and Wolves/dogs. Cool. My husband and I are Roosters. I only have a couple of Chinese Rooster Charms, one for each of us hanging from our entrance doors. Supposed to be people who like to lead and crow a lot. We do like to lead and talk a lot about things we like to lead, so that works. Two Roosters aren't supposed to marry because we could have excessive rivalry. But he's good at different things from me, so it works. I collect bears and cats. You probably don't collect snakes.
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@GardenGerty (106866)
• United States
18 Jan 09
My kids no longer live at home, so the collections go. I do have a lamb Samantha made in high school art class out of red stoneware clay. I do not collect snakes, but neither am I afraid of them. I had to catch one in a client's house last fall. Some of them are truly beautiful.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Well, at least you see the beauty in them, I'm still working on that. Not afraid where I live because mostly harmless, unusual to see a poisonous one and they're fine as long as you leave them alone. Thanks and take care.
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• China
6 Feb 09
As you know here in china before the New Year arrives, we consider it very important to give the house a thorough cleaning, sweeping away any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year,so each year before the new years eve we will make the house as clean as possible . Then after this cleaning we will have our house decorated such as to hang papercuts on doors and windows. (Paper cutting is an ancient Chinese art form dating back to the Han dynasty). On the new year's eve we will gather together and spend the evening preparing Chinese dumplings (Jiaozi) in the meanwhile we will watch the TV show from CCTV(:China Central Television ). According to Chinese Culture Guide Jun Shan, it is common to hide a coin in one of the dumplings. Whoever gets the dumpling with the coin will supposedly have good luck in the coming year. Here is a tradition on the first day of the new year that is we are not allowed to clean for the first few days of the New Year - if we do any sweeping during this time, we risk sweeping away your good luck.(a kind of superstition~~~) The next few days will be a time for us to visit our friends and relatives ,and more importantly we can receieve the "hongbao" which is a red Envelope filled with money . After six days from the new year's eve(in total seven days),the celebration will be end and all walks of people go back to their normal life ,working ...after ten days from the end of the new yaer ,the school days will begin (different case with the students who are busy prepare for their college entrance examination) Molly;-)
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• China
6 Feb 09
Red Envelope - Leisee "Lucky Money" Envelope
Here is a photo of Red Envelope~~~~
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Excellent response, wish I hadn't given best response away already!. Sounds really, really cool. Bet you had fun even though you had to study. Thank you very much and take care.
• China
6 Feb 09
Thank you dear writersedge,Molly can have your praise that's enough for her ....hehe ~~thank you ~~~~
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@cher913 (25889)
• Canada
6 Mar 09
kung hei fat choy to you as well! i am not chinese either but have 2 chinese nieces (my sister in law adopted two little girls from china) and we all celebrated chinese new year at a great chinese restaurant. i am also an ox :-) so its my year! yay!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
6 Mar 09
Terrific! Sounds like a great way to celebrate. The person above your response is actually Chinese and you may get some great ideas in the future for your nieces. Year of the Ox is a very, very hard working year. So far most people are working very, very hard. I wish you and all of your family a wonderful year of the Ox. Thank you for dropping by and adding to the discussion!