It’s that time of the year again when Chinese families come together to celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the most important of all the Chinese traditions and spans 15 days. There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years in the lunar calendar, 2018 being the year of the Dog. So what are some of the customs of Chinese New Year?
The exhilaration of the warm sunshine, great company and 360-degree views of a place on most people’s bucket lists made me wonder why we don’t go there every Sunday! The reality is that every day can’t always be like that.
Does the novelty of a Bay Area relocation ever wear off? At what point does the feeling of being on vacation end? And what can you do to keep your Life in the Bay dream alive?
For those new to the Bay Area, or those looking to share a corner of their world here with family or friends living elsewhere, the following is a list of unique guidebooks that bring the bay to life on the page. These books are versatile, too: they serve as an introduction to newcomers, as a reference for temporary travelers, and as mementos for life-long residents.
In the UAE you could often smell the aroma of different spices wafting through the mall food courts or from storefronts on the street. And no matter if the restaurant was Indian, British Indian, or Indian Fusion, the one dish that was consistently on all the menus was butter chicken or murgh makhani.
With the arrival of each new year, many people take a moment to reflect on the changes they want to make in the coming year. I am ready to get out there again. Ready to make a positive impact in the community; to support international students, and young immigrants in a personal and meaningful way through volunteering.
Traditions, whether cultural, religious, or familial are passed from generation to generation. They connect us to the people around us and help us to define who we are. So, when we move to a place with new traditions, a different culture or a different majority religion, we can find things difficult. But being in a new place does not have to mean we lose anything, it might just mean we need to change our traditions slightly.
There is no doubt this has been a scary, stressful and apprehensive time for many immigrant and refugee communities, across the country, and things are still far from resolved. But here at Life in the Bay, and across America, people are not ready to be cowed, they have stood up and said, “No,” often and loudly. People have been coming out, stamping their feet, and shouting, this is not us, this is not our America and we will be heard.