- Posted February 17, 2013 by
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Celebrating Chinese New Year
Celebrating the Lunar Chinese New Year
This year, I was invited to Wethersfield, Connecticut to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year by my one of my best friends from the university we graduated from. It was a pleasure to bring the Chinese Lunar New Year and celebrate with traditional Chinese dancing from different regions of the country.
We had a traditional Chinese dinner, as it was told to me, with seasoned steamed fish, baked chicken, vegetables, rice, seafood and soup. The food was very delicious and being among the Chinese and seeing their interactions with their family and friends was very educational since we are not exposed to many cultures in the United States. Bare in mind, each region has its own set of traditions in terms of cuisine.
It is a tradition in Chinese culture to give red envelope with money inside for good luck and for good fortune in the coming Chinese Lunar New Year to a dancing tiger. The dancing tiger is a tradition in Chinese culture that dates back many centuries.
It is suffice to say that the 45 minute show of dancing and Kung-Fu demonstrations were enough to satisfy the curiosity of the children and non-Chinese alike. I was deeply impressed with the notion that even when the Chinese or other people from the Far East come to the West or the United States and assimilate into the respective new homes, they still maintain, what I believe, their most important tradition: family.