“Chúc Mừng Năm Mới” that’s Vietnamese for Happy New Year!
Chinese New Year holds the most spiritual holiday in my heart. New Years Eve isn’t spent getting drunk at a party somewhere, it means stocking the fridge with food to represent the new year full of food, it means literally cleaning out all the negativity of the last year, so there’s a big clean out of the house, no cleaning on New Years Day as it means you’re throwing out all the good luck and now as a married adult, handing out Red envelopes to wish a prosperous coming year.
When I was little, Chinese New Year or the Vietnamese name for it is “Tết” was the most important event calendar, we dressed up, went to temple, ate vegetarian and got carted around to all my mothers friend’s home and received red packets from all the adults. Now as a married adult, it’s our time to hand them out, and with Little Pebble with us now,
I’m excited to pass on these traditions to my family. We don’t go all out like my mother did, I just make sure there’s a fridge full of food, the cash in our wallets and the house is completely cleaned. This year we’re taking Pebbles to see the dragon dances, the firecrackers and all the festivities held in Chinatown in New York. It’s a joyous occasion and if you’re in New York City this year, details of what’s happening can be found over at TimeOut
This year marks the year of the goat, the eighth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The goat is regarded as an auspicious animal that delivers a year of promise and prosperity, so I wish you the most prosperous and wonderful new year