Thursday, April 15

Dallas Rings in the 2012 Lunar New Year

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Gung Hay Fat Choy (in Chinese), Chuc Mung Nam Moi (in Vietnamese), traditional Lunar New Year Greeting.

It means “Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.”

Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  It is a time for family reunions, for honoring ancestors and for thanking the gods for their blessings.

Families make great preparations for this special celebration.  Before the new year, families settle debts and buy new clothes. The house is cleaned and food is prepared.  Homes are filled with flowers and fruit. Oranges, tangerines, and pomeloes are picked and displayed . The colors symbolize good luck and joy.

In Dallas, Texas, the Lunar New Year is an important event celebrated by many ethnic groups from Asia. Leaders and members of the Asian community come together during the Lunar New Year to greet each other and celebrate the special occasion. The Lunar New Year will arrive on January 23, 2012. It will be the Year of the Dragon. To celebrate this special occasion, the Organization of Chiense Americans (OCA-DFW Chapter) will host its Annual Lunar New Year Banquet on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Maxim’s Chinese Restaurant in Richardson, Texas.

Drums beating and colorful lion dancers signified the beginning of the celebration, as guest inside were treated with abundance of authentic Chinese foods and the traditional red envelopes fed to the dancing lions for good luck. These are just the start of the festive extravaganzas because the holiday is the Chinese Lunar calendar’s most important, and celebrations will continue for about two weeks.