Happy Chinese New Year! 2019 is the Year of the Pig! There about 5 different types of pig year: Water, Wood, Earth, Fire and Gold. This year is the Earth Pig Year. An Earth Pig comes once in a 60-year cycle. Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it.
Chinese New Year is one of the most important festival/holiday in China as well as in the South East Asia. The celebration of Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days. On the Chinese New Year's eve, family will get together for a "reunion" dinner, just like the Thanksgiving dinner in the states. Traditionally, the elders will give the younger ones a red envelope (hongbao). The red envelop usually contains money. But hongbao is not about the money. Giving hongbao is giving blessing to the younger ones. Usually when presenting the hongbao, the elders will say something like "this will bring you good luck." By the way, you are not supposed to open the red envelop in front of people especially the one who gave you the red envelop.
Like Christmas, Chinese like to decorate their house with lot of red Chinese New Year decorations. There will be a lot of food and snacks ready for guests. It's a sign of abundance!
Here is how you say Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese:
新 Xīn 年 nián 快 kuài 乐 lè
Unlike cities like New Year, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Omaha has a pretty small Chinese population although it has been rising steadily over the last decade. A small group of Chinese formed a non-profit organization in 2008, which is known as Nebraska Chinese Association (NCA) today. Every year, NCA puts together one of the largest cultural events in Omaha - The Chinese New Year Gala. This event attracts almost a thousand people from all over Nebraska and Iowa to Omaha. Every year the tickets sold out as soon as they went on sale! Usually the tickets are available online and in the Asian Market at 72nd Cass St. The ticket price is about $20 for member and $30 for non-member. It covers dinner and performance. Dinner is sponsored by several local Chinese restaurants. The community effort that comes together for this event is amazing. Here are some pictures of the past year Chinese New Year Gala:
So if you want to join in the fun next year, don't forget to check their website or you can even send them an email to ask them when the tickets will go on sale. Feel free to contact me as well!
You can learn more about the Year of the Pig and Pig's fortune in 2019 here http://bit.ly/2HRX7k6