Happy Memorial Day

Today is US Memorial Day which fall on the last Monday of May. It is a holiday so it means no work. Memorial Day commemorates our brave Americans who served the U.S. and died while in the military service. A salute to all the brave Americans. Another holiday which is soon to be celebrate is the 4th of July, The Independence Day. Perhaps, some you have received July 4th Invitations from your friends and family. You can watch the parade, fireworks and hang out with family and friends with BBQ and beer to celebrate the said holiday. Just don’t forget to give respect and honor to all our American heroes who sacrifice their lives for the freedom of our country. But for now, allow me to greet all of you and your family a happy Memorial day.

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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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