Sunday, February 15, 2015
Lunar New Year
Speaking of cultural diversity, on a more positive note, this Thursday February 19th is the Lunar New Year. We used to refer to is as the Chinese New Year but all of Asia celebrate it not just China so now we refer to is as the Lunar New Year since the calender is based on the phases of the moon not the traditional Western calendar.
We made a passing reference to the absurdity of the claim that the Chinese in China shouldn't celebrate Western holidays like Christmas. My response is why not? We celebrate the Lunar New Year here because we are a multi cultural society. Diversity makes us strong. The parade is on Saturday the 22nd.
I'm really enjoying this TV series on Netflicks about two guys traveling called Departures. After their cross Canada trip they visited Jordon and the experienced Diwali in India. Here in Surrey we know Diwali and Vaisakhi. They found some strange traditions of cremating human bodies then dumping the ashes in the Ganges river. Yet they were very respectful about it and explained this isn't our home. These are their traditions and we have to respect them. I really like the series. I have a friend I met on a local mountain from Europe who recently visited the Taj Mahal in India then went mountain climbing in Nepal. Indeed there is so much to see out there that you simply can't find in a crack pipe or on an episode of Sons of Anarchy. Departures is way better than any of that.