Happy Chinese New Year!
Sadly I have little to show you of all the excitement and drama surrounding our biggest local holiday. However, I encourage you to go visit Tiny Island’s CNY roundup of her blog posts thus far (and seriously, if you haven’t already, subscribe to her feed…she’s an amazing photographer and blogger about daily life here in Singapore)
Today begins the Year of the Rabbit.
According to this site,
1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.
Rabbit imagery has been abundant since the Christmas decorations came down. Unfortunately as I broke my ankle right as CNY fever was starting (but literally just after I’d hung my last CNY decoration in my living room) my exposure has been fairly limited. However, what I have seen is that there is barely a mall, store, or doctor’s office that lacks the decorative charm of some bunnies, or a kumquat tree (I’m going to cheat and use a picture from our visit here just before CNY in 2010).
Today we’ll dress Elanor in her adorable new CNY dress, give her Hong Bao (money in a red envelope) and a stuffed bunny to celebrate. We will also likely watch Ni Hao Kai-Lan’s “Happy Chinese New Year” episode for the gazillionth time. I had far more elaborate plans, but those can wait until next year. I’ll share more tomorrow.
My follow up post about helpers should go up later today.