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January 24, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Good luck with that

red shoes with Chinese New Years design. (image TImberland)

Just in time for Year of the Rat?(Image:TImberland)

In the USA,  you are really accepted – have become truly part of a place – when your cultural celebrations become another reason for a sale and fodder for marketing plans.

With luck, and some effort from adults with memories of homelands, traditions meanings will be retained while merging into the adopted life in a new home and contemporary society.

(Although, once there were Presidents’ birthdays, and holidays like Memorial Day and July 4th that have been pretty much obscured by all the red, white, and blue sales promotions and retail ads on TV. We know what’s important. We won’t even bring up Easter or that holiday most battered by marketing, but surviving, Christmas.)

Two pairs of boots embellished with Chinese New Years design (Image: Timberland)

Oh, stop. This isn’t “cultural appropriation” – it’s timely fashion and relevant marketing. Just like Nike does.(Image: Timberland)

Anyway, Happy Lunar New Year to all. May the Year of the Rat run with luck for you.

Just as a precaution, even for those who aren’t really celebrating, but just hedging their luck, some reminders:

  • Wear red for good fortune
  • Take the time to arrange your shoes in the closet so they are all facing the same direction (In order to keep you going forward and not getting pulling this way and that in different directions)
  • Arrange to have a wealthy friend be the first one in your front door on Lunar New Year’s Day (Encouraging money and fortune to come your way all year. Wonder if that works with a wise person’s entrance, too? Wisdom is certainly wealth.)
  • If your house has a bathroom right near the front door, for goodness sakes, close that door! (You don’t want wealth and fortune to go down the drain with the water.)

There’s other traditions to remember – like firecrackers to scare away evil spirits, but that one’s getting more difficult with local ordinances. Then there’s the red lanterns for good luck, and the dragons, not to mention the lion dancers…

Lunar New Years festival and Dragon (Image MFAH)

Do you think Game of Thrones wardrobe has any loaners? (Lunar New Years festival 2019,MFAH)

Worried you’ll get it wrong or forget something really critical? Chill. 

The Museum of fine Arts Houston has done it all for you: Everything from Pad Thai, martial arts, traditional lion dance, drumming, calligraphy, complementary hot green tea, or “Art of the Spirits” Bar. Everyone is invited. Everyone. That’s what we do here, invite all, the more the merrier.

Happy Year of the Rat and may your weekend be filled with much fun and good fortune.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Traditional Dragon Dancers (MFAH Lunar celebration )

I think this is Lee’s Golden Dragon traditional lion dance, but there are several local troupes around. (MFAH Lunar New Years celebration image)



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  1. Robin / Jan 24 2020 1:04 pm

    Happy Year of the Rat, PhilosopherMouse. I don’t think I have any red to wear (not my color, believe me). I might have to borrow some. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kate Crimmins / Jan 24 2020 1:27 pm

    This is one holiday I’ve never gotten into. There are sales?

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 24 2020 2:28 pm

      So far it’s been pretty under the radar – unlike Cinco de mayo. These shoes and the Happy New Year email seem to be the first out of the chute. Shhhhh!
      Thanks for checking out the snacks here

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  3. shoreacres / Jan 25 2020 5:37 am

    You apparently are in line for both luck and wealth. I dreamed about you last night — you were busily refurbishing your house, which had somehow turned into a 4500 ft gem that looked like it had been designed by a more practical Frank Lloyd Wright. You were floating and taping drywall, as a matter of fact. I’m not sure whether the dachshund that was running around had joined the household, or just was visiting. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t make it onto the sofa!

    I’m off to the closet to look for some red of my own!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2020 7:21 pm

      Nooo – no more float and tape HAHA. (Interesting enough I have located a house so much like a Wright construction…it’s been through some terrible remodels, but the basic structure is fabulous…if we were only so many decades younger!
      Hope you found some red – I did mainly to ward off any dachshunds looking for a vacancy. They are such rear attack ankle biters… I always though they were mad and hurting with that long back and wrinkled ankles.
      Hope your Year of the Rat is powered up! Thanks for the dreamy comment


  4. Kirt D Tisdale / Jan 28 2020 11:11 am

    I’m still stuck on year of the rat…..


  5. cat9984 / Jan 29 2020 1:19 pm

    It’s kind of funny to me that of all the zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar, it’s the Year of the Rat that has finally made the Chinese Lunar New Year (semi) well-known in the US


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 30 2020 5:23 pm

      More than regional awareness now perhaps with the rat – might be more humorous if rodents weren’t associated with plagues? Oh, how about a joke to lighten the mood: what does well with Corona virus? Lyme disease…I said it was a joke – never promised a good one/
      Soooo, let’s Lion Dance on outta here. Thanks for adding a firecracker of a comment!

      Liked by 1 person

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