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Datebook: January 23 – Chinese New Year (Year of the Dragon)

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Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as “Spring Festival,” marking the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary widely. People will buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Food will include pig, duck, chicken and sweets. 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 to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. This year is the Year of the Dragon, considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac.

It’s Monday, January 23

The Western Kentucky Highland Society holds a supper commemorating the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Enjoy a dinner of haggis and roast beef, toasts, recitations of Burns’ poetry, live bagpipes, and a silent auction. It takes place on Saturday at 6:30PM at the clubhouse of the Murray Woman’s Club. Make reservations by Wednesday at 753-5831.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon and make your own dumplings from scratch at the Chinese New Year celebration in the Murray State University Curris Center, tomorrow afternoon from 4:30 to 6. Features include door prizes, Chinese zodiac signs, games, Chinese calligraphy, and songs. There’s a suggested one dollar donation to support the learning and teaching of foreign cultures at MSU.

The Girl Scouts host a Desserts First fundraiser on Saturday at the Carson Center in Paducah. Sample gourmet desserts made from Girl Scout cookies, enjoy live music, and participate in a silent auction. Tickets are thirty dollars per person. Purchase tickets at 443-8704.

See details at wkms.org.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

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