If it’s winter, it must be Spring Festival!
I’m starting to prepare for the Chinese New Year holiday. I’m a bit disappointed in how little the holiday is celebrated in America. Saint Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo have lots of parties planned around them. I think these holidays are probably bigger here in America than they are in the countries they came from. I have met quite a few Chinese people since I moved here and a lot of them treat Chinese New Year as just another day. I understand that no one will get a week off work like they do back in my home country of China. But I think at least they should do something to make the day special. For my part, I always have a feast of traditional foods. Our big meal is actually late on the evening before the New Year. As I mentioned, in China pretty much everything has a meaning. And this is certainly true with the food we eat. We must have some fish because it brings abundant good fortune. Even the shape of the dumplings we make signifies a wish for coming wealth! Of course some of the dishes are there just because they taste so darned good! Anyway I invite you to join in with the 1.3 billion Chinese and celebrate Chinese New Year!
Today I’m wearing a more traditional Chinese dress. It’s called a qi pao (chee pow) and is made of silk. This is the usual fabric for most of our holiday clothing. The ankle length and slit side combine to give it a cool exotic vibe. My qi pao is rich black with a shimmery gold accent stripe and colorful flowers scattered like stars against the night sky. I’m holding a traditional Chinese fan with a picture of me from several years ago. This piece threw our camera’s face detection feature into a panic as it seemed to think I had two faces. I’m not very happy at the fact that it apparently liked the younger me better when it chose the fan face for the auto close up feature! In China, Jade is very precious and so, the color green is also. My dangly jade green earrings really shine against the black and gold of the dress. As you may have guessed I got my traditional clothing in China. But if you are interested in rocking a qi pao at your next Chinese New Year party, there are several websites you can shop from. Or, if you aren’t too far from one of the many Chinatowns around the world, you will usually find plenty of clothing stores that would be happy to help you. I think you’ll agree that the look is as special as the holiday!