Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!

 (dream BIGLunar Chinese New Year Card by The TreeSpace Studio)

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Chinese New Year has become an important holiday for me to observe. As a Chinese American raised in Hawaii, we always celebrated Chinese New Year with many traditional festivities. Now, as a mother of a half-Chinese child, I have become more aware of how cultural customs are important to our family. Steve and I both intend to help our son understand and embrace his own ethnic and cultural identity. Though Aaron is a mere toddler, hardly aware of issues like race and culture, we want to begin exploring customs and values from all the heritages within our family - Chinese, English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Shawnee.

This week, in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit, we will spend time with extended family, give Aaron lai see (money wrapped in a red envelope), and eat scrumptious food like wonton and siu mai (various types of pork dumplings), noodles (meant to represent long life), and nian gao (sweet rice cake dessert). 

I wish you a happy Year of the Rabbit!


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