Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!

Hello again!
Happy Chinese New Year to you and especially the Luy family!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, my husband and I took our daughters for dinner. We went to, Takumi, in Nashua and had the greatest time. The experience was even more incredibly special because we were seated at the hibachi grill with the most wonderful family, originally from the Philippines, celebrating the New Year. We had such a special experience and as a thank you, Jan gave me these beautiful jade Good Luck charms. Aren't they beautiful? So taken by her generous offer, I couldn't think. I so regret not reciprocating, things happened so fast. I hope I have the opportunity to do so, one day soon.

Leslie Anne Pease

What do they mean?
It is the legend that Budda called all the animals together but only 12 came. The rat was the first arrive, then the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and the pig was last to arrive.

Intrigued, we did a little more research about the Chinese New Year and this is what we found about us!
February 14-February 3, 2011 and it's the year of the Tiger. Because of the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin any time between late January and Mid February. Next year, the year of the Rabbit begins on February 3.

Our New Year gift; Fish. The symbol fish means unity and fidelity. Perfect union. Abundance.

Our New Year gift; Pig. Last one to answer to Buda. Honest, gallant, trusting, passionate,naive, gullible, materialistic... oh, Mr. Pig means a lot. I suggest you google this one! LOL!

I am the Rabbit. My year, the Rabbit ended on February 12. Rabbits are private individuals, a bit introverted and withdrawn. People born into this sign would rather work behind-the-scenes instead of being the center of attention in any situation. Do not misunderstand…the Rabbit is not a recluse. In fact, he is a reasonably friendly individual who enjoys the company of a group of good friends whether at a business dinner or a holiday party. Rabbits just like to be a part of the gang as opposed to the leader of it. People born under the year of the Rabbit tend to be fortunately blessed, strong willed, hate disagreements, careful, unobtrusive, systematic and confident. The Rabbit is one of the most fortunate of all the Chinese star signs. With their live and let live attitude toward life they don't often get into trouble and seldom make enemies. Although they can often put themselves first due to their fondness for comfort, they are considerate, kind and thoughtful towards others. Rabbits are said to be elegant and kindly and the Rabbit is the symbol of long life. They are said to draw their life energy from the moon. Although being graceful, kind and sensitive and leading tranquil lives, they do have a tendency towards being removed, indifferent and somewhat temperamental. In business they do tend to be fortunate but this comes from being shrewd, crafty and hardnosed. On the whole the Rabbit likes an easy, good time and gives sensible solid advice, although they do shy away from commitments.

The year of the Rabbit: is in sharp contrast to the explosive year of the tiger. It is a year of placidity and respite where little will be set in stone; a carefree happy year that will be both temperate and relaxed. Wow, that's pretty much me!

My husband is the Snake. Highly compatible with the rabbit. That's good! Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise. Year of the Snake is not a calm year; turmoil. Year of the snake is the strongest, most negative force of all the signs.

Now for the funny thing... My older daughter is a Rabbit and my younger daughter is the Snake. My older daughter was born on a Tuesday, as was I. my younger daughter was born on a Wednesday, as was my husband!

Jan, so glad we met you and your family. Thank you for the wonderful gifts and for the fun evening and all the activity it generated when we came home! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Very sincerely,
your New Hampshire NEW family and Leslie