Hello, bonjour, bom dia, and jumping jack greetings to each and every one of you. Another new year is just around the corner, In China the airports, train stations, all methods of travel really, are homeward bound. It is exciting, and alive time. Seeing friends and family sharing huge family meals, and gatherings.
Since my Mother’s passing and for several years before she actually passed, the Chinese New Year came and went with a happy conversation and a small sparkle. She was unable to get to the various celebrations held around the city or at the Chinese Embassy. Since I can remember, Chinese New Year has been the BIG turning point for me. I remember as a child the banquet and feasts, the dragon dances, fire crackers and the many many ritual tasks that were preformed to make sure we started the new year off with gratitude for the past year and much appreciation for the wonderful time ahead. Good fortune, Prosperity wishes were everywhere. Red envelopes, special candies, Happy New Year greetings always included the wish that your life be blessed with good health.
With my husband’s passing last year I wanted more than ever for this transition into another year to be auspicious and filled with the many joys and encouragements we would share to be 100 fold. I worked on a year of the pig mixed media piece so that I would be actively piecing together elements that would be like a visual firecracker for me. The lunar new year depending on where you live, is o the 5th. of February.
Ps… my little wheel around the pig. spins.
Reminder.. due to the storm and the broken water pipe, there will be no service today, but Thanksgiving service is still scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7 pm.