Happy 4706!

Posted by ROC Mummy on 11:21 AM in
Happy February 1, 2008!

The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is just around the corner. This year's celebration begins on February 7th. It rings in the year 4706 and the Year of the Rat.

Many people are familiar with the music that is played during Chinese New Year. You hear it during the traditional lion dance and dragon dance that you see on the news when they show about a 5-minute clip.

Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days in China and other Asian countries. It's a combination of United States' Thanksgiving, the holidays, and New Year's rolled all in one. Can you imagine celebrating all those into one? This is why it can takes weeks to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

Now, if we can celebrate in other cultures, why can't we place equal weight to Chinese New Year? Everyone knows what you are talking about when you mention St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo. We've even incorporated them into our lives where share in the celebration of heritage and pride -- whether or not we're of Irish or Mexican descent.

Why doesn't Chinese New Year get the some respect as other cultural events in the U.S.?

What are your thoughts?



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