Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Gung Hey Fat Choy!


Today is the Lunar New Year, so welcome to the Year of the Pig, everyone! Gung hey fat choy!

What can we expect in a Pig Year? According to Susan Levitt and Jean Tang in Taoist Astrology, the Year of the Pig (or Boar) is:

. . . a time of self-indulgence and fun. It is also a time of peace, understanding, harmony, and fellowship. Ease and enjoyment of the good life will be valued more than power and status. People can be kinder to each other in everyday interactions and feel little need for competition. Extravagant vacations, sumptuous meals, and lavish spending on luxuries and fine clothing are to be expected. Individuals tend to feel content and satisfied, ignoring the bills that accumulate over a Boar year. The following Rat year will be the time to face realities after Boar year's indulgence.

Well, that sounds great, doesn't it? At least until the bills come in. Sort of like Christmas!

My Rare One and I celebrated the Lunar New Year a couple of weeks ago at West Edmonton Mall. It's an annual event showcasing the local Asian community and featuring fun, entertainment, and games of luck and good fortune! Here we are, looking suitably festive --


And finally -- to guarantee good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year, be sure to exchange a small coin with a friend today -- click here for details of this fun little ritual! My Rare One and I do this every Lunar New Year!


35 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

you two are adorable! USA pennies, eh? :-)

mistress maddie said...

Wait till you see what I did at work!

Bob Slatten said...

Year of the Pig?
Sounds positively gluttonous!

mxtodis123 said...

I was born in the Year of the Pig. They say I should find some abundance this year. I sure do hope so. I need it. And it should be quite interesting in my neighborhood today. I live one block from the main street in Brooklyn's Chinatown. Last year there was lots of colorful parades, moon cakes on every corner, and fireworks.

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

bj said...

What a fun post...informative, too. Glad you had fun.

Oh, and thanks for coming by to wish son a happy b'day. He is indeed slimming down. He opened a fitness business and the whole family is getting healthy with all the workouts...Now, that being said, I on the other hand, am waaaay too old for that kind of workout. I will just wait for hot weather and do my thing in the pool. :)

Kirk said...

I could use a little indulgence.

Leanna said...

Fun times. Let's hope for a very prosperous, healthy, lucky, happy and wealthy new year.

Rain said...

Indulgence here I come!!! :) I'm sure a lot of youngsters wouldn't even recognize what you have in your hand there Debra lol...I haven't seen a penny in years. Happy New Year!!! :)

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

A Happy Chinese New Year to you and your Rare One!!

Liz Hinds said...

Let's hope our politicians read this!

Lovely to see a photo of you and your Rare One. You look so happy.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Gung Hey Fat Choy. I'm going with emphasis on indulgence - celebrating with friends at a local Chinese Food eatery. But we must celebrate all year, I assume. Kosher pork eggrolls it shall be!
Happy Chinese New Year, Debra and Rare One. HRH too.

DEZMOND said...

So, where are you taking us for an 'Extravagant vacation' in the year of the pig, Debs? :)

^.^ said...

Happy Chinese New Year, friend D … I am a goat, that gave birth to a rat, a tiger and … you guessed it … a pig … The rat is doing well, the tiger died young, and the pig assures me that she is as happy as can be. Don't worry, be happy says this ole goat, hmmm? Anyway … Much love, cat.

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, Another great photo of you two, and Happy New Year to both of you! I haven't heard of the coin ritual, but it makes sense. I did just get a small coin from (Mainland) China the other day (their 5-cent coins look a lot like our $1 coins)--perhaps that is a good sign that they are sending me some extra luck from over there!
--Jim

jono said...

Some self-indulgence would do me a world of good and we should all be a little kinder to each other.

LL Cool Joe said...

Great photo of you both! Happy Chinese Year to you!

Ol'Buzzard said...

May you and your Rare One have a prosperous new year.
I plan to celebrate with a bacon sandwich.
the Ol'Buzzard

holli said...

Look how cute yall are!!! Happy Chinese New Year!!

Carol Blackburn said...

Gung hey fat choy, to you as well. I have a good feeling about this one.

Marie Smith said...

Great photo! Happy New Year of the Pig!

Moving with Mitchell said...

Woops! Missed my chance to exchange a coin. Gave coins away though. Does that count? (I love seeing photos of you and your Rare One!)

Adam said...

Can I get a Canadian penny?


oh wait.

Martha said...

Such a fun post. I love the photo of the two of you. A Happy Chinese New Year to both of you!

Jamie Meyers said...

" ... a time of peace, understanding, harmony, and fellowship. Ease and enjoyment of the good life will be valued more than power and status. People can be kinder to each other in everyday interactions and feel little need for competition."

Ha ha ... good one! Maybe in the next world.

Professor Chaos said...

A woman from China once told me that gung hey fat choi doesn't actually mean "happy New year." she said it translates roughly as "may you make a lot of money this year." Not really relevant to your post, but I found it interesting.

Miss Val's Creations said...

This sounds like a crazy and wild year!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Lavish abundance does sound quite appealing. A double bacon sandwich tonight, perhaps ………….

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Professor Chaos -- Interesting! It makes sense though because good fortune (meaning money in particular) plays a big role in New Year's festivities and wishes. They give red packets with money in them to kids and others, or chocolate coins as gifts. I received and ate a couple of chocolate toonies ar West Edmonton Mall!

Elsie Amata said...

You are speaking my language right now. Year of the Pig is perfect for me. Especially since I brought home a dozen doughnuts today. Now I don't feel guilty. Also, what a wonderful picture!


Elsie

Missy George said...

Nice picture..too late to exchange a coin..Maybe I could go outside and flag someone down...Year of the pig..sounds like my kind of year..self indulgence..all for it!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

You two are so cute! Here's to a great year!

baili said...

Powerful paragraph you shared here dear Debra!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy lunar year to you and your Rare one :)
what a beautiful and PRECIOUS photo of both of you :) just LOVED it!

Rommy said...

A happy and prosperous Year of the Pig to you and your Rare One. That event sounds like a blast.

Ur-spo said...

Here in the Southwest it is The year of the Javelina.