Celebrating Chinese New Year

Since preparations have begun for the celebration of the Lunar New Year, I’d like to wish a happy new year to everyone! Gung Hay Fat Choy, if you speak Cantonese, or Gong Xi Fa Cai, if you speak Mandarin (wishing you happiness and prosperity).

Chinese New Year is a time for settling old debts and quarrels, cleaning away the dust and clutter of the past year, and making way for new or renewed prosperity, happiness and health. It’s a time for new clothes, family gatherings and food (especially food symbolic of good fortune and long life). It is also a festival that celebrates the coming of spring.

In honour of the occasion and all my friends who celebrate Chinese New Year, I made the artwork below with images of spring and good fortune (including flowers cut from “lucky money” envelopes, stems from “lucky paper,” cookie fortune leaves, and coins).

Chinese New Year collage

Also, I can’t resist giving a plug to my most recent novel, The Truth About Rats (and Dogs) (see the “My Books” page in the side bar for more info), which includes a Chinese New Year Celebration (I had a lot of fun researching this part of the book). To find out ten things I learned while doing this research, check out my post at cwillbc. And by the way, I just found out The Truth About Rats (and Dogs) has been nominated for the Atlantic Canada readers’ choice Hackmatack Award (for 2008)!

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11 Responses to “Celebrating Chinese New Year”

  1. ggwfung Says:

    we get to start the new year twice ;-)

    GGW

  2. Heather Says:

    Congratulations on the nomination! You certainly deserve it! And I like your Chinese New Year art, very cool.

  3. floatingclouds Says:

    Happy New Year. Winter solstice and Chinese New Year are my 2 favorite holidays. I miss living in the SFBay area this time of year because of all of the festivities, food, and large Chinese community. CongRATS on your book.

  4. bolmom Says:

    Happy Chinese New Year to you too. We’re going to my mom’s for Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner tonight…looking forward to the “hair.” Yummmm!
    I love the art, esp. the zodiac flower.
    Congratulations also on the nomination. My kids and I really enjoyed the book. In our eyes, it’s already a winner.

  5. Crafty Green Poet Says:

    Wonderful collage and congratulations on the nomination!

  6. Joanne Says:

    Yes, I too enjoyed the art and congratulations on your nomination!!!

  7. Kate Says:

    Gong Xi Fa Chai!
    Great to see your wonderful art!
    We couldn’t do it better even we are Chinese.
    Wish you a prosperous year in this “Golden Pig” year.

  8. Rebecca Ormosen Says:

    Very cool design! Useful information. Go on!

  9. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thank you everyone!

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