As the Cookie Crumbles

Welcome! Gong Xi Fa Cai or Gong Hey Fat Choy – Happy New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese. Toni (Kanzensakura) tending the bar today for Poetics. Today, the Chinese New Year begins. In China, the New Year Celebration is not just one big party at midnight, the next day being a day for watching football and parades, sleeping in or maybe a special meal – it is a full tilt celebration of family, ancestors, tradition, and festival food. In China, it is the longest public holiday and the festival about 15 days. Most workers will have seven days off from work, students will take a month off from school. Family reunions, religious ceremonies, fireworks, “lion” dances in the streets, cleaning and decorating the graves of family members, special foods – just one big huge festival.

Thailand, Bangkok, Chinatown, Taoist temple, Chinese New Year Festival

New Year Festive – Getty Images

Throughout the festival, there are scheduled events that take place all over China and with Chinese living in other countries: shopping for festival items, setting off firecrackers, eating new year dumplings, visiting relatives, Lantern Fair, guessing Lantern riddles, cleaning up the house thoroughly, writing and pasting up Spring Festival couplets, more setting off fireworks, married daughters returning home, welcoming the God of Wealth. As you can see, it truly is a month of regular celebrations and customs. They give gifts to each other such as fruit, chrysanthemums, tea, alcohol, and special red envelopes with lucky money inside for children, red, yellow and gold items that represent prosperity and good fortune. During this time, there will be much casting for fortunes/predictions in the new year.

A couple of new year customs: one should not wash clothes on the first two days of the new year for fear of offending the Water God. The rice barrel/jar should be filled before the new year as an empty or almost empty rice barrel/jar predicts poverty and want for the new year. Each year equates to an animal in the Chinese zodiac and rotate around every twelve years. This year is the Year of the Monkey. I am a rabbit. Several of the dVerse members include rat, rooster, dragon, rabbit. All have different traits. If you are interested to find out what Zodiac animal you are and the traits, you can do an internet search for Chinese Zodiac.

Let’s have some fun today in Poetics. Most of us do not believe in predicting fortunes or horoscopes but we almost always crack open those fortune cookies after a good Chinese meal. This is just for fun and does not represent any believe or disbelief in the beliefs of another country/culture. Fortune cookies are not Chinese, but they are fun.


copyright Kanzensakura

Today, I am presenting you all with some fortune strips – real ones pulled from random fortune cookies –  not computer generated fortune strips. Choose one of the “fortunes” and use it to write a poem. You will need to quote the fortune at the beginning of the poem as you would any other quote you would use and let us know it is the “fortune” you have chosen for your inspiration. If you like, you can copy the photo and be sure to put “copyright Kanzensakura” with the photo credits. If you have a problem with the photo, just quote the fortune and choose an appropriate public domain photo of your choice. For extra fun, you can google recipes to make your own fortune cookies! The fortune strips are:

1. Your shoes will make you happy today.
2. A merry heart does good like a medicine.
3. Whenever possible keep it simple.
4. You are a lover of words


• Write a poem and post it to your site/blog.
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• Have fun!!!

gōngzhù jiànkāng, xìngyùn, xīnnián kuàilè Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year