Showing posts with label traditions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label traditions. Show all posts

05 February 2019

Chinese New Year Symbols of Prosperity : Fruit

Today is February 5, 2019 and it's Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig. 

Adding on additional content to my previous post celebrating Chinese New Year, its customs and traditions.  Here is a little more info about the cultural traditions and symbols of prosperity. In the previous post, the spotlight was on flowers as an important part of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebration.  This time it's on fruit.  Tangerines and oranges to be specific.

"The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold'; hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth."

Related Links ~ Learn more about CNY traditions:

22 November 2017

Top 200 Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you're terrified because you're new to the whole holiday entertaining family and friends tradition and never cooked a meal for anybody OR you're an experienced host or hostess but need some new recipes idea and/or need to make changes to the feast because of the dietary restrictions or requirements of some of those invited to partake, you might find this recipe collection invaluable.

25 Vegan
25 Paleo
25 Gluten Free
25 Low Carb
100 Traditional Recipes

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02 October 2017

Celebrating the Chinese Fortune Cookie Tradition ~ Good Fortunes for All!

We can all write our fortunes. In my case my daughter wrote 5 good fortunes for me. Her predictions for my future are greatly appreciated and if her advice is heeded no reason why they won't come true. :)

Next time you have a party, consider giving out homemade fortune cookies. Your guests will love them! This Sunbeam kitchen accessory is easy to use and easy to clean. It comes with a fortune cookie recipe, makes two cookies at a time and translates into family fun because adults and children can participate in the cookie adventure!

Chinese Fortune Cookie.
~ How did it come to US?
~ By way of legend, history, tradition?
~ Is it Chinese or American?

Popular comedian Margaret Cho tells a joke about the TV series Kung Fu starring David Carradine. She says the show should have been called: 'That guy's not Chinese!' You get no argument from me on that, Ms. Cho. Another fascinating tidbit that was shocking for me to discover was that Chinese fortune cookies are also not Chinese. They're American!

Well that's what I heard, and never thought to dispute it as true fact until recently learning that there are different stories about the cookie's origin. Some stories credit Asian immigrants living in California with the invention - individual Asian-Americans, acting on their own initiative; or the group mentioned in a Charlie Brown cartoon that built the railroad, acting together. Whoever!

Then there's another account that says it dates back to the time when China was ruled by the Mongols, about the 13th or 14th century. Supposedly rebels ... I mean, patriots ... had to come up with a way to communicate their battle plans with each other without being exposed and executed by the Mongol ruler, so they would bake cakes and put secret messages inside. Clever!

Clever, but not believable. Sherlock Holmes would no doubt agree with this deduction. Would you not think that if the Chinese fortune cookie originated as a Chinese invention that resulted from the brave and heroic efforts of Chinese patriots, the citizens of China would have incorporated it into their history, legends, traditions, and celebrations?

Ha! It's elementary! Chinese fortune cookies are passed out at Chinese-American restaurants. I watch a lot of Kung Fu movies and whenever they eat at restaurants you never see the waiter pass out a cookie! Brilliant deduction, eh? :)

Maybe that's true. Maybe not. But the truth remains the Chinese fortune cookie has been an American tradition for a very long time and to whoever deserves credit for it, it's a wonderful idea!

Always encouraging people that good fortune is never far from any of us and easily within our reach. That's marvelous motivation to keep on, keeping on! Don't you agree?

Whether the tradition is Chinese or American, fact is we can all write our own fortunes.

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14 July 2017

Asian Cinema : Movie Review : The King of Masks (1999)

The theatrical masks of Chinese opera were promoted by emperors and high court officials. As a result, they became a traditional art form and along with this tradition, came other traditions. 

Many films are gems that get lost or buried. Even award-winning films like The King of Masks. It's a foreign movie: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

Time period is the 1930s. A master of an ancient Chinese art is growing old. He must pass on his skills to an heir. A male heir.
It's tradition!

Unfortunately, he's childless. In a desperate effort to honor the custom and maintain the trade and the tradition, he buys a young child. In China, poor children are often sold via a black market. He and the child develop a close relationship, however, a “complication” also develops.

"The King of Masks

is a wonderful and touching story. 

02 October 2016

My 5 Good Fortunes Per My Daughter

My Daughter's Advice Will Be Heeded

Whether the fortune cookie is an American or Chinese tradition is of no consequence because we can all write our own fortunes. However, it is especially nice when someone special writes one for you. In my case, my daughter (at age 12) wrote five fortunes to inspire me.

Even though another fortune says: Advice, when most needed, is least heeded; I'm going to listen to the wisdom of mouth of this babe. It is solid and sound. 

1)  You have great confidence in what you're doing.

2)  You can do great things with your energy.

3)  The voice within you is appealing to many.

4)  You are not afraid of what the future has in store for you. Go forth.

5)  Sharing and being fair to others is just part of who you are. Don't ever change.

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Halloween is not traditionally linked with the Chinese fortune cookie. But in case you hadn’t noticed, traditions are made by humankind and we make them up as we go along, and change them when it’s convenient and sometimes just for fun!  Also, it's my daughter's favorite holiday.  :)

13 May 2016

The Story of Qu Yuan and the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

My interest in this Chinese poet was sparked by a discussion initiated at about the Dragon Boat Festival.

May is Asian-American Heritage Month in America.  

Even though Qu Yuan is not a notable Asian-American, it is a time to honor Asian culture along with the history and roots of this country's Asia-American citizens.  This event is celebrated around the United States.  Specifically, this 2,000-year-old Chinese festival has been celebrated for 18 years in Austin, Texas.

"Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month. But that's not May 5th. This holiday is calculated according to the lunar calendar. ... The Chinese name of this holiday is Duan Wu Jie 端午节 or 'Double Five Holiday.' ..."  Read more.

Dragon Boat Festival

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