Chinese New Year

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Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival.   Based on the moon, the Chinese lunar calendar was invented almost 5,000 years ago by the legendary Emperor Huangdi to help Chinese farmers mark weather changes.   The holiday is celebrated over a two-week period. It is a time of feasting, gift-giving and renewal.

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit or Year of the Hare.   Read more about the rabbit in Chinese folktales, and rabbit-people traits here.

Click here to see what animal you are and its characteristics.   (I found out I’m a Water Dragon.)

Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world.   In Paris, a parade featuring music and dancing in the 13th arrondiseement attracts more than 100,000 people a year.   Here in New York, the Empire State Building is illuminated in red (happiness) and gold (wealth) to mark the first two days of Chinese New Year.   A Lion and Dragon performance will be held on Mott Street in New York’s Chinatown today.   A big parade will be held on Sunday.

Eclectic dragon that I am I decided to honor the holiday by signing up for a course on “Discovering Dumplings” at the Institute of Culinary Education. Taught by Kian Lam Kho, a chef, food writer and teacher, we will learn how to make eight different kinds of dumplings from the various regions in China.

Visit The Steamy Kitchen, the food blog by Jaden Hair, to get your own Chinese New Year recipes.

Finally, in honor of the new year, we will gift ten lucky people with a red Habana notebook.   If you prefer blank pages vs. ruled let us know.  

To enter… you know the drill. Leave a comment on this post before Tuesday, February 8th at midnight EST. We’ll select the winners at random, and follow up via email to sort out mailing addresses.

Good luck!…and Happy New Year!

31 thoughts on “Chinese New Year

  1. Hi Karen,
    I would love to enter this giveaway, and if I do win, I would be interested in the lined version.
    I hope I´m lucky as I am a rabbit 😉
    GON XI FA CAI!!

  2. I love the bunny picture you’ve inserted. Is that a sketch from the Velveteen Rabbit? Really cute fellow.

    I’m in love with my little Red Habana and would absolutely love to have one with blank pages! ! !

    *jumping up and down screaming* pick me, pick me. :>)

  3. Happy Chinese New Year!

    This definitely is my year!! And my opportunity to win a Habana as well.

    Postive thinking brings positive energy. Hmmmmm Habana come to me, Hummm, Habana come to me.

  4. It says the Wood Lamb (me!) “has the horsepower of an optimist and the emergency brakes of a pessimist.” Priceless! What it *should* have said is that the Wood Lamb (me!) would be grateful to receive a red, ruled Habana. Let’s see if there is luck in the Year of the Rabbit! 🙂

  5. Kung Hee Fat Choy!

    I humbly put in my comments, in the hopes of winning one of these auspicious red Habana notebooks in lined or unlined. I’ve never tried these, but like my Journal 21 paper and carrying the red covered journal (my daily planner, or “accomplished” list).

    In spite of being evicted for renovations, being reported to a social service agency, and being told of lay-off because of reorganization all in the span of 30 days, I plug on and away, through catching a cold.

    Things have to get better, right? One door closes, and others open – open the way for unexpected gifts. The way the trigram is aligned, it will be a better year, most definitely!

  6. I’m an Earth Snake! And my favourite notebook colour is red, I adore my Quo Vadis red planner and a lucky Chinese New Year red Habana would be a lovely companion. 🙂

  7. Would love to try a Habana with blank pages in a lucky color for the Chinese New Year. Am looking forward to a restful Year of the Rabbit, fingers crossed.

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