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How to Eat with Chopsticks & Celebrate Chinese New Year
February 06, 2022

Happy Chinese New Year!

Hi! Friends,

Kung Hei Fat Choi! (The first greeting to people during Chinese New Year.) Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival. It started Feb 1 this year. If you didn't know, no worry. Chinese celebrate this for the entire month. So, it is never too late. We will cover a lot of fun things of Chinese food culture this time. So, sit back and enjoy!

Happy Great Year of Tiger!

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How to Eat with Chopsticks

Have you ever wondered how to hold chopsticks? With the correct guidance, I can guarantee you that you can do it better than any Chinese, just like my American husband.

Here are the steps:

1) Rest one chopstick at the base of your thumb and index finger. This one is supported by your ring and little fingers. Basically, this chopstick doesn't move at all.

2) Then have your index and thumb to hold another chopstick. It is supported by the middle finger. This chopstick is all the actions taken place with the help of the other one.

3) When handling the chopsticks, the middle finger will push up and open the chopsticks wide.

4) Use your index finger to push down to close the gap. This will give a good grip to hold on tight to the food that your chopsticks pick up.

There you have it. If you really want to excel in this skill, pick up 2 identical pens or pencils and practice. You will get the same results.

Fun Culture

First Chinese Valentine's Day

Cantonese: Yuen Siu Ji

Mandarin: Yuan Xiao Jie

This is the way how Chinese call the first Chinese Valentine's Day of the year.

Let's dive in each character's meaning. Starting from the first word on the far left, "Yuen" or "Yuan", it means "first, primary, beginning, initial". The word in the middle, "Siu" or "Xiao" means "night". The last word on the right, "Ji" or "Jie", means "festival".

In ancient China, single men and women came to appreciate the lanterns and some ended up finding their future spouse.

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Be Safe and Healthy

Let's end this month's newsletter with this Bible verse.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

Happy Valentine's Day!

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