Houston's Original Sister City Organization!
2018 Houston Taipei Society Lunar New Year Banquet and Fundraiser for the Houston-Taipei Friendship Pavilion
Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm
Yao's Restaurant - 9755 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042
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"Houston Taipei Society" and mailed to:
Givens & Johnston, PLLC
C/O: David Hsu
950 Echo Lane, Suite 360
Houston, Texas, 77024
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Please call David Hsu at 832.896.6288
Payment must be received by Friday, February 16th and no tickets may be purchased at the door.
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Lunar New Years Trivia Game Answers
-- The main traditions of New Years in Texas are : going to a party, drinking champagne at midnight, watching the Ball Drop in Times Square, making new year’s resolutions, possibly watching fireworks on TV, and singing Aulde Lange Syne at midnight while wearing silly tiaras/top hats and blowing a party horn.
--The main traditions of the Lunar New Year include eating a reunion dinner with family, giving red envelopes (paper or electronic), firecrackers, new clothes, and decorations. Chinese new year is celebrated for 16 days, and ends in the Lantern Festival
1. Texas/Southern New Year Food:
Black-eyed peas (this hearty winter crop was eaten by newly liberated slaves and by Confederates after most was burned in the Civil war), cornbread (looks like gold), collard greens (green like money)
2. Chinese New year food:
Dumplings With a history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings (饺子 Jiǎozi /jyaoww-dzrr/) are a classic, and traditionally eaten on Chinese New Year's Eve.
Dumplings look like Chinese silver ingots, the ancient coins used in China Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year.
Nien Gao is Year cake' (年糕 niángāo /nyen-gao/) made of sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates, and lotus leaves
It is a pun; it means 'increasing prosperity' because NIEN = year ; GAO= cake or “high” so the name sounds the same as 'year high' or 'yearly increase' (年高 nián gāo).
Fruits that are round and golden like grapefruit, oranges symbolize wealth.
It is traditional to put up poems on doors; and hang red decorations
One is “FU” which means luck; it is hung upside down so luck will rain down on everyone.
In Texas, Horseshoes are lucky—they must be hung like a “U” to catch luck
Some colors are not appropriate for Chinese new year celebrations- black, white and yellow colors (funerals)
But.... Many Americans prefer "the little black dress" or a black tuxedo for formal US New years parties!
4. Aulde Lange Syne was written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788. It is sung at Midnight on New Years:
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,”
It translates as “Old long since” or “for old times sake”
Means fish鱼, but the word Yu also sounds like the character “Yu” for “surplus” .. so you always want to “leave a surplus” or “ have extra” for the new year….. nien nien you yu! The new year has fish! The new year has “plenty!” Fish — an Increase in Prosperity
How a Fish Is Eaten....
The fish should be the dish left with some left over, as this has auspicious homophonics for there being surpluses every year. In some areas the head and tail of the fish shouldn't be eaten until the beginning of the year, which expresses the hope that the year will start and finish with surplus.
There are some rules related to the position of the fish.
The head should be placed toward distinguished guests or elders, representing respect.
Diners can enjoy the fish only after the one who faces the fish head eats first.
The fish shouldn't be moved. The two people who face the head and tail of fish should drink together, as this is considered to have a lucky meaning.
(what does this mean if you use a Lazy Susan turning tabletop?! Everyone is important!!!
6. The Chinese animal zodiac,
The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyaoww/ ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.
In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal.
2018 is the year of the Dog.
Traits of Dog Year:
Fidelity -------------------------------------saying :"
"Fidelity without amiability leads to rejection."
It’s BAD LUCK When Your Zodiac Year Comes Around!
As the Chinese zodiac recurs every 12 years, your animal year will come around when you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc.
According to ancient Chinese superstition, in your birth sign year, he will offend the God of Age, Tai Sui, and will have bad luck during that year. The best way to avoid bad luck during this year is by wearing something red given by an elder
7. Why Set Off Firecrackers?
In traditional Chinese culture, firecrackers were originally used to scare away evil spirits.
As the legend goes, a monster called Nian would come out to eat villagers and destroy their houses on each New Year’s Eve. The villagers discovered that burning dry bamboo to produce an explosive sound scared away the monster. Also fires and the color red scared off Nian, so that is a tradition too. Since then, it has become a tradition at Chinese New Year. Today, lighting firecrackers and fireworks is a major custom to celebrate the coming of the New Year, and also a way to enhance the festive atmosphere.
The History of Firecrackers
Baozhu in Chinese, literally meaning "exploding bamboo", was the predecessor of firecrackers.
[Chinese New Year Firecrackers]
In the Tang Dynasty (618–907), gunpowder was discovered by chance, which led to the invention of firecrackers in China. People found that a loud blast could be produced by inserting gunpowder into the hollow of a bamboo stick and then throwing it into a fire. The first firecrackers were born.
In the Song Dynasty (960–1279), paper tubes came to replace the bamboo stalks.
Wrapped in red, a lucky color for Chinese, firecrackers became increasingly popular to enhance celebrations and religious ceremonies. The red paper is left around (for at least a day) after letting off firecrackers, so as not to "sweep away good luck".
8. Inauspicious number= “4” si sounds like “death” so 44 is especially bad
Good luck number = 8. Ba sounds like fa or luck—so 88 is especially good!
That is why our Friendship Pavilion has 8 pillars
Some hotels don’t have a 4th floor—like US buildings don’t have a 13th floor!!
9. YOU MIGHT THINK TAIPEI 101 IS THE BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE…. BUT….
The BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR IN ALL OF ASIA: IS AT HOME!
THE REUNION DINNER IN TAIWAN IS LIKE THE AMERICAN THANKSGIVING- A HOLIDAY OF FOOD, FAMILY, AND TRADITION
AND YOU ALL ARE LIKE FAMILY
—WE ARE SO HAPPY TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU ALL!
10. AND…… AS WE FINISH OUR 10TH COURSE AT THIS DINNER… WHAT IS THE COMMONEST AMERICAN NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?
SELF –IMPROVEMENT, ESPECIALLY....... TO LOSE WEIGHT!!