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Today is Chinbese New Year and Tet.  This Sunday there will be many parades and thank goodness our 3 weeks straight of rain has stopped.


 Chinese love to eat and all business and family gatherings must  always be done around the table. 

When I would go to a factory in China I must at least drink tea and discuss our families before ever discussing business.  It is a wonderful custom!  Americans tend to rush things and appear rude and brusk to much of the world.


Chinese New Year’s is the biggest holiday for Chinese people so there is much eating of special good luck dishes for the whole week.  Some meals are on the street while having fun, others are at home with family and friends.

   The Rat year is a year of plenty, bringing opportunity and good prospects. It will be marked by speculation and fluctuations in the prices of commodities and the stock market; the world economy in general will boom. Business will be on the upswing, fortunes can be made and it will be an easy time to accumulate wealth. However, this is also the time to make long-term investment plans as the bonanza the year of the Rat brings will serve to see us through the bleak years that may follow. All ventures begun at this time will be successful if one prepares well. But do not take chances or unnecessary risks: the year of the Rat is still ruled by the cold of winter and the darkness of night. Those who speculate indiscriminately and overextend themselves will come to a sad reckoning.

On the whole, this will be a happier year than most: free from explosive events and wars and with far less catastrophes than, say, the years of the Tiger or the Dragon.

Nonetheless, it will be spicy. It promises a lot of bickering, bargaining and petty arguments that will do little harm. A congenial time that will find most of us socializing and enjoying ourselves.

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Snigdha's picture
The Year 2008 (Brown Rat) is the 4705th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4705th year on February 4th, 2008. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Brown Rat is the 25th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4705 = (60 *78) + 25, therefore this Brown Rat Year is the 4705th Chinese Year.
shantihhh's picture
Today is Chinese New Year and Tet. The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2008 is Lunar Year 4705-4706. On the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on February 7, 2008 — The Year of the Rat. If you were born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 - you were born under the sign of the rat. Want to know your sign? Shanti/Mary-Anne
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Interesting colorful blog for colorful occassion! Good to know about Chinese new year celebrations. It is really very interesting.
wokfusion's picture
Thanks a lot for the nice editorial. And, happy new year to you as well!
shantihhh's picture
Thanks so much! I did another one on Tet and also 3 longer ones on Chinese New Year's. For me this is a holiday livingin the San Francisco Bay Area and and having a foster Chinese-Vietnamese daughter, not to mention having traveled China on business for many years. I cook Asian and SE Asian cuisines much of the time. Please share with us some of the dishes your family traditionally makes for this season. Here is the series of 3 Celebrating Chinese New Years: Shanti/Mary-Anne
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