Do you celebrate lunar new year :D

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    Jan 19, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    The atmosphere here is just getting so exciting and all ready for the lunar new year.

    I know it's only big in asian countries but hope you all have a great lunar new year icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 19, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    Its so early this year..

    Happy lunar new year... xin nian kuai le!
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    Jan 19, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    Not big in just Asian countries but Happy Lunar New Year to you.

    The Jewish people also celebrate the New Year of their Lunar calendar which starts during sunset of Sept 16th this year. Currently we are in the Jewish year 5772

    January 23rd is the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Dragon. This is the Chinese year 4710.**

    so...

    5772: the year according to the Jewish calendar
    - 4710: the year according to the Chinese calendar
    =1062: the total # of years the Jews went without Chinese food ***


    **http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year
    "...at least three different years numbered 1 are now used by various scholars, making the year beginning in 2012 AD the "Chinese Year" 4710, 4709, or 4649."

    ***cross-cultural explanation: American Jews love Asian food.
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    Jan 19, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    ^ the indian calendars (there are several) also tend to have lunar new years.. but they're all different too, and so are the years
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    Jan 19, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    theantijock said

    ***cross-cultural explanation: American Jews love Asian food.


    Isnt it Askenazi who love Asian food? Because Eastern-European cuisine is so bland? Most of the South American jews are Sephards who came here post-inquisition and what they introduced for food is all their own.. with lots of mediteranean things, such as oranges, olives, nuts, cheeses, capers etc.. its delicious.. and so they dont have this thing with Asian food...

    Edit: it was the Sephards who introduced the orange, which was grown into the Curaçao orange cultivar... this is what is used in the famed blue Curaçao liquor.. the Curaçao cultivar orange turned out too bitter to sell on its own as an edible orange, so that the family decided to distill it into liquor.... its still the original Sephardic family who introduced it that owns the orange plantation and does most of the distilling of the authentic Curaçao liquors...

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    To reaffirm a stereotype: talk about business sense eh? haha

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    Jan 19, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
    I had never heard of this before...
    Lunar New year o.o? Oh well, happy lunar new year to you too... I guess? :p
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    Jan 19, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
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    GreenHopper said
    theantijock said

    ***cross-cultural explanation: American Jews love Asian food.


    Isnt it Askenazi who love Asian food? Because Eastern-European cuisine is so bland? Most of the South American jews are Sephards who came here post-inquisition and what they introduced for food is all their own.. with lots of mediteranean things, such as oranges, olives, nuts, cheeses, capers etc.. its delicious.. and so they dont have this thing with Asian food...

    Edit: it was the Sephards (fyi: should be "Sephardi") who introduced the orange, which was grown into the Curaçao orange cultivar... this is what is used in the famed blue Curaçao liquor..


    [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(fruit)[/url]
    "The sweet orange does not occur in the wild. It is believed to have been first cultivated in southern China"

    QED Just kidding, but talk about a coincidence!

    I specified American Jews, which, by common use of the term, are mostly European, because saying United States Jews or North American Jews would have sounded awkward. I don't know what the North American Jews of Canada eat, but I'd imagine by now they've found some tasty Asian recipes for Caribou.

    Some have speculated the aforementioned American Jews took to Chinese food because of bland native foods as you say, others have suggested the relative thrift of the meal, others the convenience of take out. My own personal belief is that it's because we needed someplace to eat on Christmas. Whatever the reason, every American Jew I've known has loved Chinese food, including my most wonderful mentor in life, an Argentinian Jew (who had been imprisoned by the Perons in his youth).

    Interesting story about Curacao liquor. Never heard that before. When I lived on St. Croix, we had lots of old sugar mills still around from the old Cruzan rum days so I am aware of how intoxicating the Caribbean can be.
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    tyklong saidThe atmosphere here is just getting so exciting and all ready for the lunar new year.

    I know it's only big in asian countries but hope you all have a great lunar new year icon_lol.gif
    Happy New Year to you too. My BF is Vietnamese also and just reminded me yesterday of the Year of the Dragon. We watched the parade in SF last year, it's really nice and full of celebration. He was suppose to get some red envelopes today to send his relatives!

    Chúc mừng năm mới
    (Thank you Google Translator! LOL)
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    It's actually celebrated in several Canadian cities... a fairly big deal in Toronto, in addition to Vancouver.
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    theantijock saidITALIC TEXT GOES HERE
    GreenHopper said
    theantijock said

    ***cross-cultural explanation: American Jews love Asian food.


    Isnt it Askenazi who love Asian food? Because Eastern-European cuisine is so bland? Most of the South American jews are Sephards who came here post-inquisition and what they introduced for food is all their own.. with lots of mediteranean things, such as oranges, olives, nuts, cheeses, capers etc.. its delicious.. and so they dont have this thing with Asian food...

    Edit: it was the Sephards (fyi: should be "Sephardi") who introduced the orange, which was grown into the Curaçao orange cultivar... this is what is used in the famed blue Curaçao liquor..


    [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(fruit)[/url]
    "The sweet orange does not occur in the wild. It is believed to have been first cultivated in southern China"

    QED Just kidding, but talk about a coincidence!

    I specified American Jews, which, by common use of the term, are mostly European, .


    eh, like i said.. the curaçao orange is a bitter variety lol icon_razz.gif

    and you mean eastern european i take it? the sephards in the new world came from Iberia.. where the Christians ousted everyone who was not Christian or forced them to convert... (many Christian Latinos have both Jewish and Moorish genes to this day).... the result was a Jewish exodus to Morocco and elsewhere, including hte Dutch colonies of the New world.. but that does not mean they were not European.. they had in fact, i believe, been around in Iberia and North Africa before the Arabs invaded, during the Roman empire.. many jews of Morocco dont speak Ladino or Arab, but Berber languages
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    Jan 19, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    Year of the Dragon. This is my year!

    I've already put up my dragon scroll and my lucky shuangyu.

    恭喜發財!
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    Jan 20, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Yes. Every year. I even bring food and treats into work.
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    Jan 20, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    I will be with my friends who can speak mandarin.
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    Jan 20, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    Chinese New Year can be pretty big in cities with Chinatowns, but when you live in a city with mostly white people, it's hard to be festive.
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    GreenHopper saidIts so early this year..


    Yeah i know, so damn early that i didnt realize this Sunday is the New Year's Eve. Haven't even cleaned up my wardrobe and my room or washed my motorbike icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    This is Vancouver, baby! Chinese NY is HUGE here, lol.

    Every supermarket has special flyers and displays at the front of their stores; and there will be many dragon dances (especially in light of it being year of the dragon).

    We celebrate everything here....Diwali in the fall is another big event. icon_biggrin.gif

    Gung hay fat choy!


    Damn those chinese really did something cool to make it festive over there.
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    Jan 20, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    eb925guy said< Happy New Year to you too. My BF is Vietnamese also and just reminded me yesterday of the Year of the Dragon. We watched the parade in SF last year, it's really nice and full of celebration. He was suppose to get some red envelopes today to send his relatives!

    Chúc mừng năm mới
    (Thank you Google Translator! LOL)


    Chúc mừng năm mới, hạnh phúc dài lâu!! Haha.

    Fahrenheit
    Year of the Dragon. This is my year!

    I've already put up my dragon scroll and my lucky shuangyu.

    恭喜發財!


    Yay so we're at the same age, It's the year of my age too, let's have a great new year o /
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    Jan 22, 2012 9:24 AM GMT
    theantijock saidso...

    5772: the year according to the Jewish calendar
    - 4710: the year according to the Chinese calendar
    =1062: the total # of years the Jews went without Chinese food ***



    Holy shit I almost couldn't breathe because I laughed so hard at this!icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 22, 2012 9:34 AM GMT
    CONG HAY FAT CHOI!/CHUC MUNG NAM MOI! e'erbody!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 22, 2012 10:32 AM GMT
    I don't really bother celebrating the Gregorian New Year, so the other new years have no chance.
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    Jan 22, 2012 10:42 AM GMT
    Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!

    May the year of dragon brings more prosperity and happiness to all of us icon_biggrin.gif