The beauty of the Lunar New Year (aka Tet in my Vietnamese heritage, and more commonly known as Chinese New Year) is that it’s an extended celebration, and it’s never too early or too late to celebrate it! This is great for a person like me, who prefers “stretchable” deadlines
One of my favorite things about Lunar New Year is getting to eat lots of traditional Vietnamese food, specifically one called bang chung. It’s kind of like a sticky rice cake with mung beans and fatty pork inside. It takes a few days to prepare it, as you have to layer the sticky rice with the pork and beans, wrap it up tightly in phyrnium leaves, and finally tie it up with string. Then you have to boil the whole package for at least 6 hours (overnight is best) so that it all comes together in a delicious gooey cake.
After it cools, you can eat it as is. Or, you can eat it as I like to, which is to cut it into thin slices and pan fry it for a few minutes so it gets a little crispy.
Another thing about the Lunar New Year is to indulge in a little fun with Eastern Astrology. There are several sources for information about what is predicted to happen in the Year of the Horse, and generally people are saying that you should be conservative with your finances and business dealings. (Good advice for an aspiring Panda Millionaire who is a notorious risk-taker.)
Whether you celebrate the Lunar New Year or not, it’s just good to take some time out, reflect on how things are going so far this year, and be grateful for the things that bring you joy. As for the things that aren’t bringing you joy, be grateful for the lessons that are being taught to you.
As for me, I have been spending my time lately doing all of the above and using the Lunar New Year as an impetus to get cracking on my “second awakening.” (More to come on that very soon!)
I hope everyone is enjoying the Year of the Horse so far, and that you use this time as a chance to celebrate all that is positive and reflect upon life