Feb 16, 2010
Happy Chinese New Year: The Metal Tiger ... grrrr!
I like to think of this time as an opportunity to revisit those resolutions that we may have let slip or maybe never made at all. Chinese New Year could be that second chance to make resolutions again.
To continue to lead a healthier, cleaner lifestyle (cutting out meat, dairy and gluten from my diet). So far, it's been challenging but great! The real challenge has been to still maintain a high protein / low sugar diet as well but once in a while I'll still indulge in a gluten and dairy-free cupcake!
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Just for fun: Here are a few Chinese New Year Superstitons ...
1. On the stroke of midnight, every door and window in the house has to be opened to allow the old year to go out. - hmmm, not the best plan of action during the dead of winter!
2. Many people also abstain from eating meat on the first day of Chinese New Year festival because it is believed that this will ensure a long and happy life. - Done and done
3. Any noodles in your bowl should be left uncut, as a sign of long life. - Or, you could just eat one really, really, really long noodle
4. A home is thought to be lucky if a plant blooms on New Year's Day, as this foretells the start of a prosperous year. - Note to self: start watering your plants
5. Everyone should refrain from using foul language and bad or unlucky words. Negative terms and the number 4, sounding like the word for death in Chinese, are not to be uttered. - Ah crap - I mean, lovely
6. References to the past year are also avoided as everything should be turned toward the New Year and a new beginning. - Love it!
7. On New Year's Day, one should not wash hair because it would mean that good luck for the New Year could be washed away. - Now that's just not sanitary
8. The first person one meets and the first words heard are significant as to what the fortunes would be for the entire year. It is a lucky sign to see or hear songbirds or red-coloured birds or swallows. - Interesting, talk to strangers, preferably hot strangers wearing red clothing
9. It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room. - oh man I was so looking foward to staying in bed all day
10. Do not use knives or scissors on New Year's Day as this may cut off fortune. - So take a break from Baking