Chinese New Year is the most widely celebrated holiday of the year in China, in many other East Asian countries, and by people of Asian ethnic heritage around the globe. Also referred to as the “Spring” Festival, or the Lunar New Year, this day is annually observed in accordance with the first day of the new moon (based on the lunar calendar).
Celebrations of this joyous occasion are generally marked by Lion (or Dragon) dances, firecrackers, fireworks, and dance performances. In addition, numerous customs are practiced, including family gatherings, shared meals, eating long noodles to signify long life, and giving red envelopes of money to children to signify prosperity.
This year, Chinese New Year is on February 16, 2018, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Many use the Chinese New Year to remember ancestors and to honor the past, while looking forward to the year ahead. New Direction Family Law wishes you a truly happy new year!
Celebrating Multicultural Relationships
With Chinese New Year, comes another opportunity to celebrate multiculturalism in our country, not only in our communities, but multicultural relationships. These are relationships between people of different ethnicities, countries of origin, and religions. Whether you are going on a first date or have been married for years, there are several ways to acknowledge and embrace your differences.
- A couple should have discussions upfront, so that both partners are on the same page. This is important as there are traditions, beliefs, and behaviors that may conflict. It is important to recognize those differences, instead of ignoring them and hoping it will not become an issue. It will be critical as a couple to develop a way of resolving these conflicts.
- A multicultural relationship needs to go both ways. It is important for both partners to demonstrate a mutual respect for the other’s traditions and beliefs. Our cultures matter to us. Resentment can become insurmountable if one partner is consistently dismissive or rude about something so important. Instead, make efforts to inquire about your partner’s story and family history.
- There are commonalities that should be recognized and celebrated. You and your partner are together for a reason. Beyond attraction, there are common values and interests that the two of you share. Take time to identify those commonalities.
- Recognize that children of multicultural couples have an incredible opportunity. Identify your absolute favorite elements of both cultures. You can give your children the absolute best of both cultures if you embrace multiculturalism. This gives them a truly unique and blessed experience.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Triangle
The Triangle Area Chinese American Society (TACAS) hosts an annual Chinese New Year Festival, which will occur this year on January 27, 2018, at the NC State Fairgrounds. This day-long celebration will include traditional performances, exhibits, music, and delicious food.