Chinese New Year | Year of the Pig | 5 February 2019

Happy Lunar New Year! This morning, I gave one of the managers a Year of the Pig card. I also left two gifts for coworkers, wishing them joy and prosperity. I placed a gift card in each red prosperity envelope. I also gave Jackie a bag of herbal tea; Grace a cute little teddy bear.


Grace emigrated to the US a few years ago from China and she was pleasantly surprised by my kind gesture. She gave me a hug, wished me a Happy New Year, and I asked her about her celebration last night. She We Chatted with her family in China, celebrated with her boyfriend, and she was all smiles as she described the celebration to me. That made me smile too. The manager sent me an e-mail, thanking me.

Jackie is Vietnamese and the Vietnamese celebrate the Lunar New Year too. They call it tet. At 11, Jackie came downstairs to visit me, thanked me and gave me a Vietnamese dumpling (totally gluten-free: tapioca starch, tapioca flour, coconut and peanuts) her grandma made, wishing me a Happy New Year as well. Just like Grace, she was all smiles as she talked about her celebrations and we will meet up for lunch sometime soon. This made me happy and grateful as well.

The Year of the Pig is off to a great start! May the year bring you all blessings and prosperity!

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Chinese New Year | Year of the Pig | 5 February 2019”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    The Year of the Dell Rat is off to a great start and so is The Year of the Pig. 🙂 It lifts me up to read about the generous giving of gifts and cards at your place of work, and I love seeing the brilliant red color on them symbolizing prosperity and good luck in the coming year. I am sure you learned a lot from Grace about how Chinese New Year is observed, and Jackie from Vietnam was kind to explain her family’s celebration and give you a GF Vietnamese dumpling made by her grandma. You cultivate friendship and goodwill every single day, JM, and I admire you for that. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!


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