Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat!
The Year of the Rat is the first year in the 12-Year Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Rat is all about new beginnings. It is the time to turn over a new leaf and take a fresh look at the world. Positive forces rise in Rat years…in our spirits, the economy, and everyday life. Opportunities swirl around us, just ripe for the picking. So Hooray for New Beginnings! Let’s Get Ready.
Chinese New Year begins on January 25, 2020. The celebration lasts until the Lantern Festival, February 9, 2020. Now is prime time for getting ready.
Getting ready is all about cleaning up and getting rid of the old…Kind of a Marie Kondo approach for the year. Of course, we put an American spin on the holiday, but we try as best we can to be authentic. First rule to getting ready is to Clean your House from Roof to Floor. Sweep out all the old. Make way for all the good luck in the new year. If you sweep during the holiday, you will sweep away all your good luck. Cleaning before is the way to go.
Everyone should have a new set of clothes. For New Beginnings.
Get a hair cut before the New Year. Cutting your hair during the celebration will cut off your good luck.
The rules don’t say anything about adding highlights but adding light is always a plus…right? 🙂
Prepare the Lucky Money envelopes. Fill with money. Gold Chocolate Coins work too. Present to Family and Friends during the holiday for Good Luck in the New Year.
After the cleaning and haircuts, we have a fun lunch at May Café.
On the table, spicy sauces to kickstart the new year.
Bathtub sized Egg Drop soup. Dive in. Warms the heart and the soul.
A simple Wonton is perfect. Wontons are shaped as Coins for Wealth.
Shrimp fried rice. Shrimp look like gold coins. Also for Wealth.
Chicken teriyaki. A favorite.
Pork and Crab sandwich. A bit unconventional, but delicious.
Now off to buy special New Year Treats at Talin Market. Talin is an international market in Albuquerque. If it isn’t here, it isn’t anywhere. Have your pick of Lion Dancers. Fresh flowers. Jelly Candies. Red Lucky Money Envelopes. Chocolate wrapped up as gold bars. The excitement is at peak levels.
Crazy fun candies. Exotic tastes and shapes.
Gold Bars and Banners to bring in Good Luck and Ward Off Evil.
Good Luck tokens topped by Rat Heads. Always in Red and Gold.
Dragons! You must Feed the Dragons Lucky Money for Prosperity in the New Year.
Lucky bamboo. Every house needs one. Bamboo is almost indestructible.
Jellies. The packaging is sometimes better than the treats.
May I be the First to Say…Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
Have Fun with Chinese New Year! Always filled with Magic.