New Year’s Tradition

Few nights and hours to go and we will be celebrating New Year again. Im sure we can hear the famous new year song “Auld Lang Syne” as we face the year 2011. The song, “Auld Lang Syne,” is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. Auld Lang Syne literally means “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days.

NEW YEAR TRADITIONS

Making of New Year’s resolutions is one of the tradition that most people do on New Year. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. There was also a tradition of using a baby to signify the new year which symbolizes of rebirth. Food prepared on New Year is also part of the tradition among people from different places and cultures

Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck.

Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham.
~ Black-eyed peas with either hog jowls or ham are usually the kind of food prepared by some people in the US. It’s been considered good luck in many cultures.
~ The meat from the hog is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity.
~ Cabbage is another “good luck” vegetable that is consumed on New Year’s Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency.
~ In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year’s Day.

Top 8 Auspicious Food Symbols for Chinese New
Year

1. Hot Pot

A steaming hot pot (or chinese fondue) with meat, seafood
and vegetables) is a must.

Huo3 in hot pot huo3 guo3 火锅 is the same word as huo3 in
hong2 huo3 红火 “prosperous and booming”.

2. Fish

Another must-have dish if you want to experience abundance
in the new year.

Fish yu2 鱼 is the most popular dish served during Chinese
New Year.

In Chinese fish has the same sound as “surplus” and
“abundance” 余.

A whole fish is served on Chinese New Year’s eve for the
reunion dinner.

Usually the fish is steamed.

It is a good omen to leave the bones and head and tail
intact.

This symbolizes surplus/abundance and a good beginning and
end in the new year.

Best served whole.

3. Shrimp

Shrimp xia1 虾 in Mandarin and ha in Cantonese sounds
like someone laughing.

Eat shrimp for happiness and well-being.

4. Boiled dumplings

A Chinese New Year tradition is eating boiled dumplings.

These are shaped like gold ingots.

Dumplings jiao3 zi 饺子 sounds like jiao1 zi3 交子which
means the hour of transition into the New Year.

Hence, in northern China, dumplings filled with meat are
eaten on Chinese New Year’s eve to usher in good luck and
wealth in the New Year.

Sometimes a coin is placed in one of the dumplings. Whoever
bites on it will have plenty of wealth in the new year.

When dumplings and yellow noodles are cooked together they
mean “golden threads through gold ingots”.

In the eastern cities of China, like Shanghai, Hangzhou and
Suzhou, egg dumplings are eaten as they look like gold
ingots.

5. Oyster

Hao2 sounds like hao3 shi4 好事 which means “good
things”.

In southern China, it is served with thin rice
noodles.

6. Green vegetables

For close family ties, serve some greens.

Qing1 cai4 青菜 sounds like qing1 亲 as in qin1 re 亲热 mea
ning “close/intimate”

7. Sticky rice cake

Nian2 gao1 年糕.

Nian2 means year and cake gao1 sounds the
same as high gao1 高.

So eating this steamed cake made of rice flour and topped
with red dates has the meaning of attaining greater
prosperity and rank in the new year.

8. Noodles

Known as chang2 shou4 mian4 长寿面 meaning “longevity
noodles”.

A wish for good fortune — Good Luck, Prosperity, Longevity,
Happiness and Abundance — is central to the Chinese way of
life.

Even more so during Chinese New Year!

For more auspicious Chinese food symbols and DIY Chinese recipes, visit www.living-chinese-symbols.com.
Source:www.wilstar.com

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The Wizard of Oz/Judy Garland


I just finished watching the movie The Wizard of Oz, a 1939 American musical fantasy film. Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale main start in the true classic film The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Judy Garland was a moved-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

Born – Frances Ethel Gumm in June 10, 1922(1922-06-10) Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.
Died – June 22, 1969(1969-06-22) (aged 47) Chelsea, London, England, UK

She’s been gone for a very long time already but her movies, songs and legacy remains. Kids, adult and older people still watch this classic film The Wizard of Oz and known her as Dorothy Gale. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous films ever made and named as the most-watched film in history by The Library of Congress.

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Taylor Swift dating Jake Gyllenhaal

Country chanteuse Taylor Swift had chosen Jake Gyllenhaal as her latest beau/future song subject? They look good together.

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Shop for MakeUp @ Style Find


Nothing is sexier than perfectly smudged, kohl-lined lids. Find the essential items you need to flawlessly achieve the look and get the smoky eyes looks like Kim Kardashians smokey eyes. Check out beauty items at StyleFind
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What brand name of beauty products you put on your face? There are tons of beauty products available in the market that cost a million. Some people especially most men wondering why woman have to put make up on. Well, they never understand until they become a woman. It’s part of being a woman to be look pretty and vain. Makeups are the most useful tool that enhances our physical beauty. Apparently, Lipstick is the most essential beauty products that most woman can’t live without. Now what brand of lipstick do you apply to your pouty lips?

I personally love Revlon but this lipstick is expensive for ordinary person like me. Revlon started in the beauty products business with a single product — a new type of nail enamel and have developed a variety of new shades of opaque nail enamel. Revlon is an American cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, and personal care company founded in 1932. In six years the company became a multimillion dollar organization and have added different line of beauty products including lipstick to the collection in 1940. In other words Revlon carries a big name since 1932 up to the present.



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Fashion icon Lady Gaga in her most Gaga looks ever wearing The Meat Dress

The Meat Dress
Lady Gaga credited her jaw-droppingly raw VMA ensemble with a deeper political meaning. “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights pretty soon, we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones,” the singer said on Ellen. “And I am not a piece of meat.” The beautifully constructed garment was less weighty than the message. “She said it was her most comfortable dress of the night,” Franc Fernandez, its creator, told MTV.com. “I’m guessing it weighed around forty pounds—it’s built on a corset, so the weight is distributed on her chest.”

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