February 24, 2014

A Celebration For The Chinese New Year

Please enjoy this guest blog from Kevin Sharkey.

The Chinese New Year was on Friday, January 31st.  This holiday is celebrated for fifteen days, marking the end of the year of the snake and ushering in the year of the horse.  The Chinese zodiac is a calendar system that originated in the Han dynasty (206-220BC) and it names each of the years in its 12-year cycle after an animal – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.  I decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year by hosting a dinner at home with some friends from work.  On a recent Friday, we enjoyed take-out from Legend, one of my favorite local Chinese restaurants.  It just happened to be Valentine’s Day, but Friday the 14th was also the evening of the Chinese Lantern Festival.  Check out some of my preparations.