Chinese New Year

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by: Grayson Leverenz

January 26, 2009 begins the Chinese Year of the Ox, and celebrations are happening across the globe from Beijing to New York. For your own Chinese New Year celebration here in the US, plan a theme night with a few of the ideas below:

1. Give your house a thorough cleaning.
Chinese believe cleaning before the new year will sweep away evil spirits and bad feelings left over from the previous year.

2. Decorate with paper lanterns.
Chinese New Year ends after 15 days with the Lantern Festival, making lanterns the perfect decorations for your party. For directions on making paper lanterns, click here.

3. Wear red and gold.
Red signifies vitality and happiness while gold represents prosperity and wealth.

4. Prepare a traditional Chinese New Year dish.
For a steamed whole bass with black bean sauce recipe, click here.

5. Attend a Chinese New Year Parade in the US.
For details on the New York parade Sunday 2/01/09, click here.
For details on the Los Angeles parade Saturday 1/31/09, click here.

Happy New Year!

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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