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Lifestyles

Rena Fulgencio, editor

 

New Year's foods bring good fortune

Food is a big part of the Chinese New Year celebration. The foods served around this time of year signify such things as happiness, longevity, and wealth and prosperity. Tangerines, which are a symbol of good luck, are often given away throughout the festivities in Chinatown. [More]


Jai, also known as Buddha's delight, is traditionally enjoyed by Buddhist monks, who are vegetarian.

Photo by Rena Fulgencioo

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Rat comes first in Chinese New Year pantheon

One legend has it that before Lord Buddha departed earth, he summoned all the animals to bid him farewell. Only 12 showed up. As a reward, he named a year after each one in the order that it arrived: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar. The year 2007, the Year of the Boar, closed the most recent 12-year cycle and the rat rules the coming Chinese New Year, which starts Feb. 7. [More]

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