Just wanted to take a second to say, "Happy Lunar New Year," to everyone! Being Asian American, my family would celebrate Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year), but I didn't really think much about it until this year when my office celebrated it. I used to go with the flow and think, "We're off to grandma's again. We'll eat a lot, see family, then have food coma the rest of the night." Growing up, we'd put a strong emphasis on new beginnings during the calendar new year (January 1). I knew that my grandparents would stress that Chinese New Year was also a fresh start, but I didn't really let that sink in until this year. My grandparents said that it's probably because I'm older now and not "just American."
At work, I was happy to learn about my family's culture and other Asian cultures. I loved the educational spin on the event and how everyone was able to share family traditions and stories with one another. My co-workers shared their families' superstitions with starting the new year too, like needing to get a haircut right before the new year to make sure the good luck stays in the new year. I knew my grandparents believed in similar superstitions, but it dawned on me that other people do them too... it sounds silly and naive--sure--but it made me appreciate where my family came from more.
This year is the Year of the Dog, which is exciting to me, since I was born during the Year of the Dog too. With that said, "Gung Hay Fat Choy!"
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