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Chinese New Year lasts three weeks long with the first night of celebration - New Year's Eve - held on the 24th day of the 12th lunar month in the Chinese calendar.

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The Chinese zodiac defines which animal (12 total) represents any year. Red, a good fortune color in Asian cultures, is the predominant color for Chinese New Year decorations and gifts, often accompanied by gold trims or lettering.

Chinese New Year is a time of family reunion with many traditions, including cleaning the home thoroughly in the month before the celebration (sweeping out the old, bringing in the new), hanging red spring couplets upside down on doorways, burning incense, eating special foods, setting off firecrackers, staying up all night and presenting gifts of money in red envelopes to children.

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New Year Resolutions

Looking for some guidance with how to make and stick to your well-intentioned resolutions for the New Year? Here are two different articles, each with good advice for keeping those commitments for the year, and for the rest of your life.

  1. At the end of each year, it is traditional to make a New Year's Resolution. With such "agreements", we commit ourselves to resolving personal issues, yet more often than not, fail to keep these commitments. Try this 10-step method by Nisandeh Neta - trainer, success coach and healer - to define your New Year resolutions and remain committed to yourself.

  2. If you want to travel the fast track toward keeping your resolutions, try this 1-step program recommended by Wayne Perkins, clinical hypnotherapist and author.

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If you want to have good luck in the coming year, you'd better know what to do on New Year's! Find out who's lucky as players try to match the new year tradition in each country that's believed to bring good luck for the entire year.

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Pastiche Family Portal HomeNew Year Traditions - Food and Good Luck

Different countries and regions celebrate the New Year with special foods to conjour up good fortune fo the upcoming 12 months. In the United States, the foods vary according to state and local culture.

In the Southern United States, black-eyed peas and turnip greens make up the traditional New Year meal. Black-eyed peas are a symbol of good luck for the coming year - the peas represent copper and the greens represent dollars.

Some folks say you should eat one pea for every day of the year, so you'll have good luck for an entire year (365 days worth of black-eyed peas!). Cook up some Hoppin' John or Black-eyed Peas with Collard Greens

There are interesting local variations on this theme throughout the USA.

For example, in Texas and Alabama, cabbage replaces turnip greens as the symbolic cash. Wherever the custom is observed, greens represent money, and the more greens you eat the more your financial fortune should improve in the upcoming year.

Pennsylvania Germans dine on traditional pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day, also for luck and good health in the coming year.

Coleslaw, anyone? A Happy Healthy New Year to You!

Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens


1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 tsp canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz collard greens, cleaned and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup tomato sauce
4 Tbsp molasses
1-1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2-3 drops hot-pepper sauce


Soak the black-eyed peas in 2-1/2 Cups water overnight.

Next day, bring the beans and water to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender (45-50 minutes). Transfer the beans and cooking liquid to a 3-quart non-stick baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

In a saucepan warm the oil gently over medium heat, then add onions, green peppers and mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and collard greens. Cover and cook about 5 minutes stirring occasionally, or until the collard greens are barely wilted. Remove from heat and add to black-eyed peas and cooking liquid; stir to combine.

Add tomato sauce, molasses, mustard, parsley and hot-pepper sauce and mix welll. Cover baking dish and cook in the over for 20 minutes.

1-Step Program in Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions

By Wayne F. Perkins,
clinical hypnotherapist

Wayne F. Perkins is a clinical hypnotherapist and the author of How to Hypnotize Yourself Without Losing Your Mind.

In Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen's original "Chicken Soup for the Soul," I am reminded of the short story titled "Another Check Mark On the List." This is a story about a 15-year-old boy named John who, on one rainy day, when it was too wet outside to play, he decided to write a list of goals. John continued writing until he had 127 goals.

These goals included exploring the Nile River, climbing high mountain peaks around the world and learning 3 foreign languages. He also wanted to be featured in a Rose Bowl Parade and play several musical instruments.

Of the 127 goals that he listed over 60 years ago, John has achieved 108. If he lives to become 75 years old he will achieve 109 (he listed "live to see the 21st Century"). How did John achieve all of these goals? He wrote them down.

Step 1: Write It Down

Write it down, write it down, and write it down!

Have you ever got to a point where you were going to write down a New Year's Resolution or some other goal you thought you wanted, only to find yourself procrastinate. One year later, did you need to achieve the same New Year's Resolution or goal? Why does this happen? It happens because of that little voice inside of you that says, "I am not good enough or worthy enough to be in possession of the benefits derived from achieving my goal." "I have been programmed for failure."

I recently read a motivational quote that said: "If you can't write it down, you can't do it."

Let's think about that for a minute. Every day you may be compiling lists of things to do to run your household, perform your job, or plan your business trip or vacation. How many times do you really write down, exactly what you want out of life? How many long term or short-term goals do you write down?

Now when thinking about what you want to achieve focus your attention on specific words and ideas relating to your goals. Give those words and ideas your complete attention as you write them down. Did you ever write a letter, business report or term paper and at times find your fingers flying across the keyboard?

Since written words are symbols of objects, ideas or feelings, could the physical process of entering these words onto a page actually create a subconscious connection?

I believe it does. When you use language to communicate on paper, you need to process the information on a subconscious level. The help you are getting while creating your list of goals is coming straight from your powerful subconscious mind. Why not take advantage of the power of your mind in achieving your goals?

Write your goals down in your day planner, write them down and hang them on your walls. Write your goals on sticky notes and place them on your bathroom mirror or on your windows.

Every time you write your goals down, your body is moving towards them. The goals are getting clearer and clearer. The roadmap you create by writing goals down is projected straight to your subconscious mind and is being acted upon.

A now popular syndicated cartoonist wrote down 15 times a day, every day the following sentence. "I want to be a syndicated cartoonist." He did this every single day, even when he didn't feel like a syndicated cartoonist. Now, Scott Adams, the creator of the "Dilbert Cartoon" is a full-time, syndicated cartoonist, known the world over. Scott "wrote it down."

One way to state that goal in a more positive and immediate context is to say, "I am a syndicated cartoonist." Act as if you already are in possession of the goal. It takes a lot of pressure off you during your daily activities when you feel the new role. You then become comfortable with it.

Write your goals down everywhere. As you write them down think about John, the 15-year-old goal achiever from the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" story. Now that John is in his seventies, what advice would John have for you when you ask him, "What is the most important thing I can do to achieve my goals?"

Listen to John whisper in your ear these three words... write it down.

About the Author: Wayne F. Perkins is a clinical hypnotherapist and the author of How to Hypnotize Yourself Without Losing Your Mind. He presents corporate training sessions on, how to achieve your goals. http://www.wayneperkins.net/

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