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Chinese New Year

Monday, February 4th, 2019
Happy New Year: Xīn nián kuài lè!
The Lunar New Year falls on February 5, 2019.

2019 is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

It is a beautiful, peace loving, social and very lucky animal that is great for money and wealth.

If you were born in the years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and of course this year, you will be celebrating with an extra sip of wine<oink, oink>.

As stated on the Chinese New Year website:

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.”

Besides ringing in the new year with a swine and cheese party, how about an entertaining dinner guest that’s not a boar…“sow what?”, you ask?
A pig?
The Stinking Pig Game will also beat the winter blues and cure cabin fever as it will get everybody oinking with great laughter.

Poke his belly to hear him sing and then you can pass him around by rolling the die, but if he toots in your hand then you will get a token and the person with fewest tokens by the end of the game will win.

stinky-pig-game for the Chinese New Year

 

 

Hope your Lunar New Year is full of great fun, love, health and laughter for the whole family!

Hogs and kisses!

Happy Chinese New Year! Year Of The Sheep, Goat or Ram!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

Whether you are Chinese or not, it’s that time of the year where we all can celebrate and join in the Lunar New Year festivities. The Year of the Sheep begins on February 19, 2015 and ends on February 7, 2016. If you are born in 1907, 1919, 1931, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015, you are a Sheep. According to Chinese Astrology, the 15 day celebration is about families rejoicing, reuniting and feasting. It is said that a Sheep is loyal, kind-hearted, clever and sympathetic. Also, you are imaginative, determined and have good taste.

Chinese New Year Traditions

There are many traditions and customs relating to this celebration. Decorating with paper lanterns and lights creates a festive atmosphere. A gift of money in red envelopes are given to children which is known as lucky money. There are parades featuring dragons and lion dances. Many culinary traditions are not only delicious but lucky. Eating or displaying oranges or tangerines brings good luck and wealth. The fruit, Pomelo brings continuous prosperity and status. When long leafy greens and long beans are eaten, a wish for a long life for parents is granted. It is said to avoid bad luck throughout the year one should eat a whole fish with the head and tail still on. When cooking noodles, keep them long because that ensures long life.

Let’s ring in the Year Of The Sheep with by eating some delicious  food with the Good Fortune Chopsticks

Good Fortune Chopsticks at Danna Bananas

or the Chopstick Drumsticks!

Chopstick Drumsticks at Danna Bananas

Here’s to happiness, prosperity and longevity…“sssin yen kwai leh”!

New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Happy New Year!

Calvin and Hobbs New Year

New year, new promises…setting a resolution to better ourselves is a tradition. Every year we set resolutions we want to desperately accomplish. A few stick to their goals but most find them very difficult to maintain. We have put together some ideas to make your new year great!

1. Laugh more with the Snowball Head Toss Game.

Snowball head Toss Game

2. Keep in touch more with the Talk Dock.

Black Mobile Phone Stand

3. Eat more veggies! The Dinner Winner will make that happen.

Dinner Winner Plate

4. Take up a new pastime. How about painting with Miniature Watercolour Set in a Tin.

Watercolour Set In a Tin

5. Solving crossword puzzles is excellent for mental stimulation practice with the Crossword Puzzle Mug.

 Crossword Puzzle Coffee Mug