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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year!! Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the "Lunar New Year".

It's celebrated in countries and territories with significant Han Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction.

 Dragon Dance in Washington DC's Chinatown

In countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, although is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Australia Post, Canada Post, and the US Postal Service issue New Year's themed stamps.

A cute red money envelope

On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

Are you a Tiger?

The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2010 is Lunar Year 4708.
On the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on Sunday, February 14, 2010 — The Year of the Tiger. This year, the date has special significance since it also happens to fall on Valentine's Day making it a doubly auspicious day to celebrate in the West.

Artwork by Jonny Wan

If you were born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010, you were born under the sign of the tiger. Like the tiger, you are one of the most caring and thoughtful signs in the Chinese Zodiac. You have  a lot to say and the best way to right society's wrongs, and quite capable of defending children, friends, and loved ones against all enemies.
For the tiger in 2010, any recent setbacks or obstacles can be overcome, so look forward to a year in which to really shine, either personally or professionally.


Say bye-bye to last year's Ox and hello to the Tiger.


This Sunday is 14th of February, Saint Valentine. Are you ready? I mean, do you have flowers, chocolates in a heart shaped box, sexy unmentionables, a geeky robot with a heart in his hands professing your deep feelings for your beloved one? I hope so, because it's cold out in the dog house, specially these days in the DC area.

      Beep Mine sculptures by Carolina Seth

Here are few quotes that came cleverly wrapped with these little Italian chocolate bonbons I've been eating (very sporadically, I swear). I posted them in the original language because it sounds, ah! so romantic. Happy Valentine's Day!  :)

Se l'amore nomade benedetto, e tuo ospite, tienilo caro.
If love, that blesses nomad, is your guest, treat him well.
Azizaddin Nasafi

Siamo tutti angeli con una sola ala, possiamo volare solo se ci abbracciamo l'uno con l'altro.  
We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

Lei: "Tu non mi capisci". Lui: "Cosa intendi dire?"
Woman "You don't understand me" Man: "What do you mean?"

Don't you love vintage cards?




Here they are, BELOVED, the newest line of Karokeshi sculptures for 2010.
A modern twist of the Japanese Kokeshi dolls, like their traditional siblings, they are entirely handmade and constructed in hardwood and carefully hand painted with attention to detail, these sweet girls come in several colors and no two are alike.
I knew I had the seal of approval when my daughter said almost screaming "I want one!".

Customized art dolls are also available.