Right from celebrating black history month on 1st Feb to Chinese New Year on 12th Feb. Chinese New Year also shares Lincoln’s birthday and Darwin Day on the same day.
This blog will cover Black History month and Chinese New Year and how to celebrate these days.
Black History Month
This February marks the 45th anniversary of Black History month; this day emphasizes celebrating Black Americans’ accomplishments and achievements. In 2021, companies need to go beyond merely posting a Martin Luther King Jr. quote. Instead, it’s the right opportunity to educate your audience, uplift Black creators and businesses, and advocate for change.
What is the importance of celebrating black culture?
Well, 2020 saw a revival of social activism and conversions regarding anti-racism. Henceforth, black history can be an extension of that. However, to build genuine connections with your people, remember to support and collaborate with black-owned businesses, creators, and community leaders year-round.
History of Black History Month
In 1926, Woodson and ASALH suggested the second week of February as Negro History Week. The aim was to disseminate information about black life, culture, and history to the universe. In fifty years, during the United States’ 1976 bicentennial, then-President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month as a nationally celebrated event to be observed every February. Hence, Black History Month was born.
Black History Month is a reminder for us to reflect on the richness of our history and the lessons it has taught us. February is now recognized worldwide as a month to pay tribute. A tribute to the accomplishments and contributions for people who may have been forgotten.
Lesson learned from Black history: We have the power to choose how we think, how we speak, and how we act – and we can choose to treat each other with dignity, respect, and inclusion as our path forward.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the first moon of the lunar calendar.
This holiday, more than any other Chinese holiday, stresses the significance of family ties. The Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner gathering is among the most critical family occasions of the year.
Symbolic flowers and fruits are used to decorate the house with colorful new year pictures. Most decorations are done in red since the Chinese see it as a symbol of wealth, happiness, and prosperity.
All family members would gather for the hearty family meal on the evening of New Year’s Eve. Even if a family member could not attend, an empty seat would be kept to symbolize that person’s presence at the banquet. At midnight following the feast, the family’s younger members would bow and pay their respects to their parents and elders.
The modern twist to the Chinese New Year activities is the party and travel mode, which people have started getting into once the holidays start. It’s not just about meeting and greeting family now, but also taking time off work and relaxing oneself.
Chinese New Year Food
The culinary treats start from making noodles, a staple diet for the first five days, and round dumplings for the 15th day. The noodles are known for symbolizing longevity and happiness, dumplings are equal to wealth, and fish means an increase in prosperity.
Chinese New Year Cuisine: Food Items that are considered auspicious
1) Chinese Dumplings
They symbolise wealth, it is a classic food for new year which people have on Chinese New Year. Citizens believe the more dumplings you have, the more money you can earn.
Fish symbolises prosperity, people in China always love having surplus in their new year, as they believe that if that managed to save something at the end of the year then they can make more in the new year.
3) Sweet Rice Balls
Sweet rice ball known as tangyuan which is associated with reunion and being together. That’s why they are popular by the Chinese during the New Year Celebrations.
4) Longevity Noodles
As the name itself denotes happiness and longevity. Their length and unsevered preparation are also symbolic of the eater’s life. People in North China consider this as their lucky food.
5) Spring Rolls
It is a Chinese New Year dish especially popular in East China and they are traditionally eaten during Spring festival. Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum dish of cylindrical-shaped rolls filled with vegetables, meat, or something sweet.
We so heavily rely on the female friendships celebrated each year on Galentine’s Day on February 13. Originating from the popular TV show ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the holiday is all about declaring love and affection to the girls who make up our support system. Go Girl Power!
Everyone loves a good themed party, and this is no exception. Instead of everyone just wearing pink or red, giving your friends a specific direction to go in can let them get creative.
Celebrate the Month of Love!
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