Archive for February 3rd, 2011

(February 03) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Chinese New Year
Gung Hay Fat Choy! The first day of the Chinese lunar calendar is a very important holiday to the Chinese people. It is celebrated worldwide, wherever there are large Chinese populations, with food, festivities, fireworks, and parades.

There are 12 cycles to the Chinese lunar calendar, each represented by an animal. This year, 2011, is the year of the Rabbit.”

It is common to give red packets to children during this period of celebration. The red envelopes contain money, which should be of an even number (as odd numbers are associated with money given during funerals).

And for your enjoyment here is a short video of the Chinese New Years parade in New York City’s Chinatown. This will give you a brief flavor of the festivities and fun.

Visit our Chinese New Year celebration for more info and fun – Chinese New Year on the Net

photo credit: via flickr

Holiday Invite: Chinese New Year on the Net

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

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Xin Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our celebration of one of the world’s biggest New Year’s parties: Chinese New Year. From Bangkok to San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the pinnacle celebration for billions of Chinese around the world.

Come discover the history of Chinese New Year, including the special traditions and superstitions such as bidding farewell to the Kitchen Gods and giving Red Envelopes stuffed with money to children. Uncover the origins of each of the fifteen days of the Chinese New Year — like do you know why the seventh day of the festival is considered the Birthday of Man?

We also go in-depth into the ancient Chinese zodiac, the 12-year cycle that restarts each New Year. Learn about the Chinese horoscopes associated with each of the 12 years of the Zodiac, especially the qualities of anyone born this year — the Year of the Rabbit! (Of course, we’ve got it all for you, from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Boar.) Once you have read up on all the facts and figures of Chinese New Year, come flex your trivia muscle at our fun Did You Know feature. We’ve got factoids the whole family will enjoy!

Do you want plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year in your own home this year? Then you will definitely want to check out our article on traditional Chinese New Year foods. Food plays a central role in all Chinese holidays — and the Spring Festival is no exception. We explain the symbolism of various foods and offer suggestions on how to prepare these culinary omens.

Help your little ones appreciate the spirit of Chinese New Year with our fun crafts, coloring pages and other goodies. And finally, don’t forget to wish your friends and family a Xin Nián Kuài Lè by sending one of our free Chinese New Year e-cards.

Chinese New Year begins this Thursday, February 03, 2011. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Gong Xi Fa Cái,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Valentine’s Day (02/03)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Valentine’s Day

Feb. 03 : 11 Days to V’Day

Did you know that Cupid, the winged child who pierced the hearts of his victims, causing them to fall in love, was known in Greek mythology as Eros, the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love?

It was in Roman mythology that he was called Cupid, son of Venus. Cupid is now a mainstay of Valentine’s Day marketing campaigns, featured prominently on greeting cards and boxes of chocolates.

February 14th is Valentines Day – a worldwide celebration of love and romance, marked by giving red roses and chocolate hearts or by sending valentines. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Valentine’s Day, the day of love!

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Did You Know? Chinese New Year (02/03)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

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Did You Know?
February 03

It’s The Chinese New Year!!

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to the Chinese New Year.

Gong Xi Fa Cái,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

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