Happy Chinese New Year!

For about 1.5 billion people, the Chinese New Year came on February 12, 2021. Also known as the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival, this holiday really is a festival that celebrates the beginning of another year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

This celebration has a special significance for me because our family has a Chinese branch, which has given me the opportunity to learn about a culture that has been evolving for literally thousands of years. It’s another reminder of just how interconnected our world has become. And having another holiday on the calendar has its own rewards!

The Chinese New Year has become such a family milestone that my niece Whitney Welbaum, a journalism student at Syracuse University, has written “Food is at the Heart of My Family’s Chinese New Year Traditions,” which has just been published in Baked Magazine, the university’s student-run food magazine. (What kind of holiday is celebrated without food?) So in honor of the Year of the Oz, and Whitney, here is the link to her article: https://bakedmagazine.com/2021/02/12/food-heart-familys-chinese-new-year-traditions/.

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