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Ringing in the lunar new year

January 26th, 2009

Growing up, it was second nature in our family to know what zodiac sign everyone else was. Grandpa was a monkey, Cousin Petrina is a tiger, my Mom is a snake (to her lament), Uncle Edmund is a rooster… So obviously I’m not talking about daily horoscope stuff; this is the Asian version of astrology where each year is attributed a different animal, and they repeat every 12 years. And it goes by the lunar calendar, which rolls over about a month later from what we westerners go by. Today, in fact, is the first day of the lunar 2009, and it’s now the Year of the Ox (aka. Bull, Cow).

I’m a rabbit (scoff all you want, but it’s coupled with being a Taurus, which may explains things), as was my Grandmother — so we had a bit of a bond, besides the fact that I was named after her. Recently, I found a bookmark that she’d given me when I was a kiddo, around 7 or 8:

I wonder now when I look at it if she got the pun or not; her English was very limited. More than likely, she probably bought it just because of the picture of the two bunnies. It was a nostalgic find, as you can imagine.

Last night, we had a new year’s eve ‘do at my parents. One of the courses is what my parents call, in English, “Taiwanese fajitas” — a very traditional dish, especially for new year’s. Lots of different fixin’s (a cabbage/snow pea stir fry, bbq-ed pork, fried egg, crushed peanuts, coriander, pickled veggies, hot & sweet sauce)…

…that are all rolled into a spring roll wrap…

and eaten just like that (no deep frying). Here’s my roll, with the rest of my plate: sushi (ok, not very Taiwanese), fried noodles, sticky rice, and chicken

Apparently, all the different fixin’s for the ‘fajita’ are seen as the past year’s sins and lies… so by wrapping them all up and eating them, it’s a way of putting them away and starting anew. Nice idea, if only things were that easy…

This was a tough tough year for a lot of people I care a lot about, so I’m putting a lot of pressure on the ol’ Bull to pull through and make it a better one this time around. Here’s to a happy, healthy year, and we’ll top it all off with a fat fajita at the end!

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  1. January 27th, 2009 at 09:03 | #1

    I’d love to eat a fajita and put all my past sins behind me! What a great tradition. I am a gemini tiger…I always liked the ring of that and find that it fits me to a tee:)

    Great post Emily!

  2. January 27th, 2009 at 09:03 | #2

    Looks delicious! Here’s to a fabulous, successful, and abundant 2009!

  3. January 27th, 2009 at 10:12 | #3

    Nothing like a celebration to bring out all the good eats. YUM!! Happy Chinese New Year!

  4. January 27th, 2009 at 11:18 | #4

    Yum these look great – what a great way to celebrate!

  5. January 27th, 2009 at 12:13 | #5

    Gung Hey Fat Choy! or Happy New Year!

    I’m a monkey who happens to be a capricorn. Not the easiest combination. I just love all the feasting at this time of year!

  6. January 27th, 2009 at 16:04 | #6

    Happy new year! Great text, yummy food. I’m a goat/gemini – always busy, sometimes nagging – but totally content. ;-)

  7. January 27th, 2009 at 16:37 | #7

    I’m a tiger/leo…. hear me roar! :P

  8. January 27th, 2009 at 16:40 | #8

    OHHHH! Can I come next year. I’m a Dragon does that count. I’m married to a PIG. LOL

  9. Carol
    January 27th, 2009 at 17:43 | #9

    Wow… What a feast. I’m a pig, so of course I would love to help you eat it all.

  10. January 28th, 2009 at 21:50 | #10

    Oh, yum, does that look GOOD. The bookmark is sweet.

  11. Rob Rose
    February 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 | #11

    What a great tradition!!! I think it’s one I’ll adopt!

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