|(dream BIGLunar Chinese New Year Card by The TreeSpace Studio)|
Kung Hei Fat Choi
Chinese New Year has become an important holiday for me to observe. As a Chinese American raised in Hawaii, we always celebrated Chinese New Year with many traditional festivities. Now, as a mother of a half-Chinese child, I have become more aware of how cultural customs are important to our family. Steve and I both intend to help our son understand and embrace his own ethnic and cultural identity. Though Aaron is a mere toddler, hardly aware of issues like race and culture, we want to begin exploring customs and values from all the heritages within our family – Chinese, English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Shawnee.
This week, in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit, we will spend time with extended family, give Aaron lai see (money wrapped in a red envelope), and eat scrumptious food like wonton and siu mai (various types of pork dumplings), noodles (meant to represent long life), and nian gao (sweet rice cake dessert).
I wish you a happy Year of the Rabbit!