Oh I know what you must be thinking! No, it’s not the eve of Monday morning, but rather the eve of Chinese New Year. Another reason to celebrate with our Asian friends, and teach our children and grandchildren about another culture. Why not take a minute and look up what Chinese New Year is all about on “google” or “wikipedia”. What does the year of the Water Dragon mean? How do our Asian friends celebrate and what are some of the special things they do? I know that there will be dancing and drums beating. Little red packets of money given out to children, and feasting on delicious foods. There are many legends with regards to Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year. Preparations begin well before the actual date. It is the time to clean out the house and surroundings, to sweep away any ill luck that may be hanging on from the previous year. It is a time to get together with family and friends to share food and the good things of the earth. It is a time to celebrate, with chinese lanterns lighting the night and firecrackers to scare away any bad spirits. Our traditions may be different, but I think that our New Year and the Chinese New Year have much in common too! We like to celebrate and wish each other all the best, we also like to eat, drink, dance and be merry while the clock ticks away the seconds until the New Year is here. There many different traditions all over the world! But the one thing we all have in common is that looking forward, to good times, to family, to friends and the important things in our lives. Take some time and read up on what New Year’s is about for our Asian friends and I’m sure you will learn something that you did not know before. Celebrations are always a good thing!