BestBuy.com through February 22nd, 2015. I’m happy to share my experiences and to be a reviewer for my friends at Best Buy. As part of this promotional review, I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.Lunar New Year or what is commonly known in the West as “Chinese New Year” is traditionally a spring festival that lasts for 15 days. While we get ready to celebrate Christmas and the new year in the next few months, the Lunar New Year for Asians and Asian Americans is one of the most important holidays. It is calculated based upon the phases of the moon and so it is not celebrated on the same day of the Gregorian calendar like most western holidays are. It typically begins mid-January to mid-February. This year, Lunar New Year begins February 19, 2014. Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with Asian-inspired Giftcard and eGiftcard, available for purchase or gifting from
My family’s traditions for Lunar New Year
I was born and raised in Hawaii where there is a large Asian and Asian-American population and so Lunar New Year was a common tradition that we grew up celebrating with the popping of red firecrackers, dragon dances, the sharing of red envelopes of money from elders to kids, and kids feeding red envelopes into the mouths of “larger than life” lions. From what I was told, crisp red envelopes filled with “brand, new money” were traditionally given by elders to un-married and younger individuals. That is why these envelopes were usually given to children since more than likely children are not married. One of my favorite memories of lunar new year was the Chinese astrology consisting of 12 animals. These 12 animal signs were assigned by year and represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. My three children all have their own animal according to Chinese astrology. I was born in the year of the horse, my oldest is the pig, my middle child is a tiger and my youngest is a rabbit. I was excited to share my cultural traditions through this piece with my friends at Best Buy as they introduce a “modern way” of giving red envelopes this lunar new year with special lunar new year gifts cards. I went to college in downtown Honolulu, HI right next to “Chinatown” and Lunar New Year was the most festive time of the year. We would eat “mooncakes” and follow the lion dancers and drums. I’m glad to share this tradition with my own children every year.
Celebrating Lunar New Year in Dallas, TX
Here in Dallas, TX we traditionally head to Richardson, Texas to enjoy festivities with the Dallas Chinese Community Center. The DCCC is conveniently located in the Richardson “Chinatown” which is a shopping center on Greenville Avenue, between Beltline Road and Arapaho Road. Below are photos of a Lunar New Year celebration from the past with my children.
For events in Houston, TX check out the Chinese Community Center in Houston with An Asian Heritage Tour. The tour includes calligraphy, tea tasting and more.
Best Buy’s commitment to important events
Best Buy supports events which they believe are of importance to employees, customers, and communities. The upcoming Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations. For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring. It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Asian countries. This upcoming year, Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on February 19th, 2015 of our Gregorian calendar.
To have a giftcard shipped to your address, follow the link for egiftcards from Best Buy and scroll until you see the red card with two koi.
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You can learn more about Chinese New Year from the History Channel in the video below: