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Year of the Rabbit

Posted Feb 04 2011 1:46am

My family celebrates a few traditions that stem from the Chinese culture, however Chinese New Year is not of them.

We celebrated the New Year at midnight on December 31st but few of our friends celebrated their New Year today. Today is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year and it is the year of the Rabbit. Because the rabbit is an animal known for its gentleness, this year is supposed to be our opportunity to heal, relax, entertain, mend fences. The year to reach out, connect and heal. The year to make time for family gatherings and comfortable travel.

Before I read more into what the year of the rabbit means, I was already planning to do a lot of relaxing and travel this year as well as attending family gatherings. Just pure coincidence right?

I was born on the Year of The Rooster, they say people born in the Year of the Rooster are “deep thinkers, capable, and talented. They like to be busy and are devoted beyond their capabilities and are deeply disappointed if they fail”. Sounds very familiar to me :)

Here are a few pictures from last year during Chinese New Year. We were in Chinatown in San Francisco.

With all the talk about Chinese New Year preparations, we were in the mood to eat dim sum at our favorite spot in Orange County, in Little Saigon .

We ate our usual fare . Starting off with a pot of Jasmine tea.

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Then pork dumpling and shellfish dumplings for the fiance.

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Bean curd dim sum, dipped in extra hot sauce.

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Then seaweed roll to finish the meal.

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And a big plate of Chinese broccoli for me.

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We tried something new this time around, we ordered the shellfish dumplings and the fiance said it didn’t taste any differently from the other dumplings.

Lets hope the Year of the Rabbit brings peace and calmness because the following year is going to be the Year of the Dragon. Yikes!


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