Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year (also called Lunar New Year) falls on February 18 this year, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Pig (or Boar). (This past year, when our little guy was born, was the Year of the Dog.) Chinese New Year is celebrated by ethnic Chinese in many Asian countries and around the world. In Taiwan, the New Year is the most significant holiday of the year, and is observed on the first 5 days of the New Year, although celebrations continue for another week or two afterward.

We’ve found these websites discussing Lunar New Year traditions in Taiwan:

We are planning to celebrate the Lunar New Year by making a Taiwanese recipe (sesame chicken soup) for dinner on February 18. Since we had no plans to spend our Sunday cleaning, we were happy to hear that it is considered unlucky to sweep the floor during the first 5 days of the New Year, “because one might accidentally sweep one's good luck and wealth out of the house.”

Next year, when we have Ryan with us, we will try to plan a family gathering for Lunar New Year, as it is traditional to spend the holiday visiting with relatives and friends. Other New Year traditions that we would like to incorporate in our family life include wearing new clothing (to begin the year with a “fresh start”); giving oranges and pineapples (because the words for these fruits sound like the Chinese words for “lucky” and “make a fortune”); a family reunion dinner usually featuring fish and chicken; and giving children red packets containing money (with the amount being an even number, because cash in odd numbers is given during funerals).

According to one website, this may be a particularly lucky year to be starting a family:
“The coming year is 4075 and is the Year of the Pig, although there are rumours that it will be the Year of the Golden Pig, an event which only arrives every 600 years. It is not known whether this year will be that of the golden pig but if it is, it means that it is a lucky time to have a baby - according to tradition.”

Whether or not this year actually turns out to be the year of the Golden Pig, we feel overwhelmingly lucky that Ryan is going to become our son this year!


At 5:30 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Yay a lucky year to have a baby. Good for us!!

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Amy Mayfield said...

I just found your blog...your son is adorable! Congratulations! I believe we are in the same program as you but with a different agency. We leave in 9 days to adopt our new daughter, who's in foster care in Taichung. I look forward to following your journey!

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Kathryn said...

Do you have any idea when you may get to travel to pick your little man? The trip is only a few days long right?

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Rob & Karin said...

Hi Kathryn,

We suspect we will travel in 4 or 5 months.

Yes, the trip should last between 3-6 days.


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