Category Archives: Celebrations

Chinese New Year Feb 16

This year, according to the Chinese almanac is the Year of the Dog. This particular Year of the Dog is the year of the brown earth dog, brown being a color associated with earth. There are a lot of customs … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Spring Commences lì chūn 立春 Feb 4th

As a solar term, Spring Commences had already entered people’s lives in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). At that time, there were eight solar terms. According to some experts, the 24 solar terms were used for the first … Continue reading

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Xiao Nian – The Kitchen God and His Wife

In order to establish a fresh beginning in the New Year, families must be organized both within their family unit, in their home, and around their yard. Between the La Ba Festival, on the eighth day of the last lunar … Continue reading

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La Ba Festival Jan 24th

I love the La Ba festival because I love making the La Ba congee (腊八粥 là bā zhōu), or porridge. It has a very long history, like many things in China. In the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE), people did not … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Three Kings Day

For many Christians, the holiday season doesn’t officially end until the 12th day of Christmas known as the “Feast of the Epiphany” or “Three Kings’ Day”. The holiday marks the event recorded in the Bible, the adoration of the baby Jesus by … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – New Year’s Eve

I haven’t gone out for New Year’s Eve since I lived in Annapolis in the 1990s. They had a lovely First Night in the historic district where I lived. Everyone was on foot and all the entertainment was within a … Continue reading

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Christmas Day – Small Blessings

Christmas Day began early. I was woken up by the sound of violent wind. I happened to turn in the bed and only half awake realized the front door had blown full open. Panic set in and woke me up … Continue reading

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