Year of the Ratatouille

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Happy Chinese New Year! Today is the first day of our 15-day holiday. That’s right — 15-day holiday. We don’t believe in one-day holidays. A one-day holiday would be like a one-minute snuggle. Much too short. To fully appreciate the experience, a snuggle has to be at least 15 hours and Chinese New Year has to be a 15-day holiday. If you’re going to celebrate something, you might as well do it right.

This year, it’s the year of Remy the rat. Hmmm. Maybe Disney should have released Ratatouille this year instead of last year. As far as I know, there isn’t a ratatouille dish in our culture, so the movie would have to be called something like Chow Fun, Mu Shu, or Bird’s Nest Soup.

As some of you know, the Chinese lunar calendar is based on a 12-year cycle and each year of the cycle is associated with an animal. Last year, it was the year of the pig. Next year, it’s the year of the ox. So, here’s the next poll question. What’s your Chinese zodiac sign?

Chinese zodiac sign poll

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40 thoughts on “Year of the Ratatouille

  1. Year of the tiger, baby. I’m pretty ferocious. Or didn’t you figure that out already? *grin*

    I am about 1/16th Chinese, which is to say, not enough to claim, but my first husband usually sends me a Happy Chinese New Year e-card every year because HE remembers my 1/16th part. Funny, though, I haven’t heard from him yet.

    Soooooo, Happy New Year to you!!

  2. WOW.. look at all those rabbits will ya! I’m a dragon here. Hope you all have a wonderful Chinese New Year holiday celebration. All 15 days of it!

  3. We just had a one day national holiday, on a bloody Wednesday! How useless is that??? It was just a waste of time. I’m a Dog… oh yeah! At least I like dogs.

  4. Hey I’m a dog! That’s better than my zodiac sign. I think I’m a goat or something which my husband thinks is hilarious.
    John ordered something online that was coming from China but it was during the Chinese New Year. They held his order for 15 days because of the holiday. Even the mail didn’t run there so they couldn’t ship it. Imagine if the mail didn’t run here in America for 15 days. And we think Christmas time backs things up.

  5. I’m late on this post. Oh well, I’m an ox. Does that mean that I’m boring, or that I’m faced with a life of servitude?

    And this whole 15-day holiday thing sounds kinda cool. Do you get the whole time off from work?

    1. It’s not an official holiday in the states so I get zero days off. OK, I sorta of get weekends off, but that doesn’t really count. Yep, I think an ox means you will have a life of servitude. I think it’s also call parenting.

  6. I’m a dragon. Roar.

    This morning, my husband asked if the Chinese celebrate the caucasian New Year on Jan 1st? Or is it just another day to them?

    I tagged you for a meme, if you are up to it.

  7. Happy Chinese New Year! I’m a bit behind on blogs lately…I need a new year again. :) LOL My kids love looking at the Chinese calendar placemats when we go out to eat. My son thinks the only soup on the planet is won-ton.

    Hugs,
    Holly

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