Happy Chinese New Year to all! It’s the year of the Rat.
Best wishes to all, and enjoy all of your celebrations if you are observing this event.
Chinese New Year is my most favorite of the annual acknowledgments of moving around the sun. The multiple days of celebrating, the path from the first new moon to the first full moon, is filled with dancing, dragons, lions, and fireworks. And the food, oh the food. Perhaps the only trepidation i have is that this is the reemergence of the First Trine, the power trine in the Year of the Rat is often defined by synonyms, most of which aren’t nice: dictatorial and autocratic; highly potent energy and unpredictability; intelligent, magnanimous, charismatic, charming, authoritative, confident, eloquent and artistic; tyrannical, bombastic, prejudiced, deceitful, imperious, ruthless, power-hungry, and megalomaniacal; powerful, dominant, and militaristic.
So the best we can hope for is some prosperity and peace to go with our good fortune: San nin faai lok! Kung Hei Fat Choi
Happy New Year to you too! My fiancee is Chinese-born, so she managed to find some of the celebrations from the mainland on youtube last night. They were really spectacular, and I highly recommend them.
We also got ourselves a nice Chinese New Year money tree. Maybe it will grow us some tickets to Beijing!
One of my favorite things about study abroad in New Zealand last year was how there was a huge Chinese population, so I got to see a lot of the local celebrations. I don’t think I’ll soon forget the beauty of the Chinese lantern festival at the end of the month!
Btw for those who haven’t seen it, Google has a cute little logo today for the occasion. I will point out, however, that the rats look definitively mouse-like because we all know that mice are much more cute.