kung hee fatt choy!

For the past two weeks my mum has been persistently reminding me about Chinese New Year. I really find it admirable, because she hasn’t really celebrated it ‘the real way’ in decades. My favourite part of the festivities isn’t just the celebratory meal – but the ‘lucky money’. It’s a red packet filled with money that people give to others, wishing them luck. A wonderful sentiment…

I’m always humbled around this time of year, because Chinese New Year tends to fall in the same month as Black History Month, and it’s never a competition. I feel very blessed to be able to celebrate both, and be reminded of both cultures’ traditions and histories. Inside I smile because the cultures are more alike than dissimilar and to be able to have the best of all worlds is symbolic of much more…much more than I can explain.

So, kung hee fatt choy!

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3 thoughts on “kung hee fatt choy!

  1. Jo. Chen says:

    I think it’s awesome that here in Canada, everyone is welcome to join in on all cultural celebrations and that everyone is educated about them. It’s a sign, in my view, that we are truly a global nation. It makes us as a society all the more richer in experience. The best part about celebrating cultural events, besides the education, is the food! I ate too much last night and am paying for it today (Tums, anyone?). Enjoy the Year of the Rat and Black History Month everyone. Bon Appetit!

  2. chipper HO says:

    you know…
    to be honest…
    if one didnt ask or reveal…
    i wouldve never known about your half asian heritage…

    moving on…
    im excited about the surging mixed race generation to come out of hiding…
    theres gonna be such a shift in ones perception of race…but in a good way…
    its all gonna be grey…you know…
    no longer black and white…literally…
    its like gettin excited about gentrification…
    tho theres time involved…but we can def predict it coming…
    i dont have the patience…myself…but still excited for it all…
    get me?

  3. staffeen thompson says:

    JC – It’s always a beautiful thing to celebrate and learn about other cultures simultaneously. In this case, learning even more about my own heritage is sometimes the most important feat!

    CH – It’s definitely a fascinating subject area. I’m also excited about the possibilities! It’s definitely a sign of the times, and of our society. It speaks to what we’re striving for and how we’re evolving. It’s a wonderful era we’re in! Thanks C.

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