Celebrating the Year of the Snake

Families rejoice on this day for feasts and red envelopes.

Written by PAULINE CHEN / Published February 15, 2013

February 10, 2013 marked the first day of the Chinese Lunar Year as people across the globe celebrated over family gatherings and feasts, and of course the giving of red envelops.

Chinese New Year is easily the most important traditional Chinese holiday, with celebrations running from the 1st day of the year to the 15th, the Lantern Festival. Families throughout Temple City and beyond brought relatives from all over to celebrate over a nice toast to a new year and a feast of traditional Asian dishes.

The Lunar New Year Celebration, co-sponsored by the Temple City Chinese American Association, was held in Temple City on February 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm – 4 p.m. in the Temple City Park. Families came to join the festivities, which included entertainment, displays, craft booths, and food samples. Temple City residents engaged in many other activities as well on New Year’s Day.

Senior Eric Tran said, “It was a lot of fun and a busy day spending time with family and visiting many temples around the area.”

Senior Chelsea Duong also agrees that Chinese New Year is one of the most enjoyable times of the year.

“It was a lot of fun spending Chinese New Year,” said Duong, “I spent it with my Dad and his friends over dinner and my dad’s friend got him an amazing brick toast to add to the dinner table.”

With all this excitement, it is hard to believe that this first day of the New Year celebration is only the first of many celebrations to come.

“My favorite part of Chinese New Year was the Chinese New Year Eve lunch with my friends at Oo Kook Korean BBQ for the first time,” said Huang, “We were there for more than two hours and we tried very “unique” things such as intestines, tongues, and pork belly.”

According to the Chinese Zodiac, each year within a 12-year cycle is related to a particular animal. The year 2013 is the year of the snake; according to the Chinese Zodiac horoscope, those who are born on the year of the snake are said to have thoughtful and wise characteristics.

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