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Old 02-17-2007, 01:06 PM   #11
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Thanks appletart, I thought it was tomorrow. Gung Hay Fat Choi to you.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:06 PM   #12
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pigs, boars... they're all tasty little beasts. pork, bacon, ham.
or should i say a "magical animal".
there`s a saying, "The Only thing wasted on a Pig is the squeel"
Ergo; everything else it has is usefull in someway or another.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:22 PM   #13
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Happy Chinese New Year to you too Mr. BT.Friends of ours asked them to join them tonight at their fav chinese buffet to celebrate. (on Rte 17 in Ramsey-the Grand Buffet- I think)We've been there a couple of times with them and it's not too bad as far as these kinds of places go. I took a nap and should be able to make it through Jimmy and our friend Eric's many travels around the steam tables!!!!Enjoy your celebration!!!Love and energy, Vicki
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:30 PM   #14
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lol, what is this with the mr. bt today?

mr. bt is my father...

happy new year!!!
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:35 PM   #15
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Gung Hey Fat Choy to you all as well. We used to celebrate it every year with a banquet at a local (wherever we lived) Chinese restaurant. We'd aim for five couples who would all agree to whatever was set out (fussy eaters not invited). A couple of people would meet with the owner of the restaurant(s) and decide the menu, everyone else just had to eat whatever they chose. They'd aim for a variety of foods and it would be many courses. We'd aim for a large variety: a fish dish, a shellfish dish, a pork dish, a poultry dish, a vegetarian dish, etc. Everyone shared equally in the cost of the banquet, drinks being purchased by individuals. It was great fun. I used to go to China Town in Honolulu to buy red envelopes (I think I still have a few around here somewhere), into which we put the wait staff's tips, with a few extras with a dollar stuck in them to give to any children who happened to be in the restaurant. It was a hoot one year when we just went to a Chinese restaurant with my parents and my then 2-year old neice for lunch (no banquet that year). I'd given her an envelope with a dollar in it, and brought a couple of extra envelopes just in case. The owner's grand-child was hanging around, and we gave her an envelope with a dollar in it. The owner came and gave my neice $5 in an envelope and was absolutely thrilled (yes, we tipped the waitress in a red envelope, even through I think the tradition applies mostly to children). Unfortunately now I don't know enough people who would "gamble" the price of a meal on the off-chance they might not like what someone else selected. It was wonderful fun and a great way to celebrate other cultures.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:40 PM   #16
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lol, what is this with the mr. bt today?

mr. bt is my father...

happy new year!!!
Well honorable one maybe today the title fits!!!!!!
love and energy, Vicki
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:06 PM   #17
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I'm not an experton on this Chinese Zodiac stuff ... heck, back in the '70's when a girl asked me what my sign was I said "No Parking" (hey, that was the road sign I had hanging on my wall!)

Apparently, from what they said on the news last night ... this year is actually a little more special than a "red pig" year (which comes around every 60 years - has something to do with the zodiac passing through a cycle of the elements or something) - this is the year of the Golden Pig - only happens every 600 years!!!

Maybe I'll retire my "old" sign and go for something more appropriate ... like "Slow Curves Ahead" ... I'm getting too old to chase the fast ones these days.
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Old 02-19-2007, 06:06 AM   #18
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"Gong Xi Fa Cai" or "Hong Hee Fatt Choy" in Cantonese to DC members who celebrate Chinese New Year. May the Year of the Pig bring you good fortune, good health and lots of happiness!!

Our reunion meal with the family on Saturday had to be postponed to Sunday as arthritic pain gripped by brother-in-law and the cooking was done instead in the family home. Suckling pig and meat dishes were not the order of the day as the Lenten period here begins. So it was hot & sour soup, Singapore chilli crab, baked spicy fish, stir-fried leeks (for luck) with shrimps, and steamed pumpkin kueh, and lychees for desserts.

In my part of the world, red packets known as 'angpows' are normally given to children, unmarried ones and elderly relatives. Visiting friends and relatives usually bring along and exchange with them two nice oranges, which symbolize good luck for the whole year. As Appletart has mentioned, the celebration lasts for 15 days and is known as Lantern Festival or ‘Chap Goh Meh’ which literally translates to mean 15 days in the Hokkien dialect.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:49 AM   #19
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We are actually planning a Chinese meal tonight, since we no longer have a Chinese restaurant in town. Pork, I might add. Is it good or bad luck to eat the meat of zodiac figure? I know in Hawaii it is bad luck to bring pork over the Pali pass (I did actually do it once and my BIL got so sick it was ridiculous. Hey, I'm not superstitious, but I usually do try to respect all religions and cultures!)
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Claire, I do not see any reason why you should not eat pork on Chinese New Year, even if it is the Year of the Pig. I have never heard anything that would contradict this.
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