Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956,
1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052...
You are a vary intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your
extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always
well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist
and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field
New York Parades and Celebrations
Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade: Lion and Dragon Performance:
When: Sunday 2/14/2016 1pm - 3:30pm
Where: Chinatown Mott Street
Chinatown Chinese New Year Cracker Show:
Monday 2/8/2016, 11 am, Roosevelt Park.
Flushing, Queens Parade
: 2/132016 at 11 am. From
Union Street at 37th Ave. to Main Street, 37th Ave. Tel. 718-353-2320
It is a time
for family togetherness, and this all begins with the "sweeping
of the grounds." It is a spring cleaning to sweep out the old
After the spring
sweeping comes the bidding of farewell to the Kitchen God. This
is the god who presides over the home and gives a report back to
heaven on the families' behavior. The Kitchen God returns on New
which begins on New Year's Eve, features lavish dishes with symbolic
meanings. A whole fish can be found on all tables, because it represents
surplus or abundance. Other seafood to be found includes shrimp,
which can signify happiness or laughter; oysters, which represent
good business, and clams, signifying the opening of new horizons.
The meaning of these foods comes from the pronunciation of the words
Red and gold,
as you may know, are the favorite colors for the Chinese New Year.
Red symbolizes happiness and gold symbolizes wealth. On New Year's
Day, red is the preferred color of clothing; it is believed that
it will bring the wearer a bright and sunny future.
In my family,
we usually have a big New Year's Eve dinner, and then preparations
for the return of the Kitchen God are made. My mom and grandmother
would stay up and wait for the arrival of the Kitchen God. The arrival
time depends upon the use of a Chinese forecast book. The time usually
occurs in the early morning hours and varies from household to household.
This is celebrated with the rest of the family in the morning.
My parents and
grandmother would give us a red envelope containing money for good
luck. Today, such celebrations in Chinese America have been simplified,
but still have a great importance.