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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Chinese New Year
'Kung Hei Fat Choi'
Today is the Chinese New Year. It is the year of the dog. I was also born under the year of the dog, so I'll take that as an auspicious sign. Find your Chinese birth sign here.

Dog people are honest, faithful and sincere. They respect tradition and value honor, and enjoy helping people. The Dog is very righteous, and always is the first to speak out against injustice. He is not good at socializing with friends, and rarely shines in company, but he is intelligent, caring and a good listener. Loyal, faithful and honest, he has the most profound sense of duty. You can count on him and he'll never let you down. And as a good listener, the Dog is also very reliable in keeping secrets for others. He simply doesn't like to gossip. The Dog is an agreeable companion - when he is in a good mood. But when panic strikes, he can turn nasty, and bark till he is tired. He can be judgmental, defensive and picky if you rub him the wrong way, but as long as you know how to pet and massage him, the Dog makes absolutely the best and most honorable companion on earth. Dogs are born old and get younger as they age. They take everything very serious. You may hear the Dog complains a lot about street lamps, about traffic, or about weather, but as he gets older, the less he takes his own criticisms seriously.

Traditionally, red packets are passed out during the Chinese New Year's celebrations, from married couples to unmarried people (usually children). Chinese New Year is celebrated with firecrackers, dragon dances and lion dances. Typically the game of mahjong is played in some families.

It is considered unlucky to clean the house on new year’s day as you will brush away your good luck. Likewise avoid using sharp implements such as knives and scissors as you will cut the threads of good fortune. Talking about death and ghosts is frowned upon, as is using the number four, as it sounds like the Chinese word for death.

 
posted by Lisa at 1/29/2006 09:35:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


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