Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate this special festival!
2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.
In China, today is the first day of the Chinese New Year in the lunar calendar, but here in the U.S., today is still the New Year’s eve, due to the 14 hours of time zone difference (US Central Time).
My daughter was born in the year of the Rabbit 12 years ago. And my son was born in the year of the Tiger 13 years ago. They each have their animal as their middle name – Bunny and Tiger.
Please read the year of Tiger for more info about the Chinese New Year tradition.
The most important things that happen during the CNY are:
- Having the family reunion dinner (really a feast) on the eve of CNY. People often travel far away to go home for the reunion dinner.
- Visiting familes, relatives and friends during during the first couple of days of the CNY.
- Giving children (usually also young people who are not married yet) lucky money in the red envelops, as a form of blessing.
I called my parents and my brother yesterday and today to see what they were doing and wish them Happy New Year. I wish I could be home with them for the reunion dinner.