Happy Chinese New Year!, longevity noodles, good luck superstitions

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 24, 2020

dragon

The dragon is in the street dancing beneath windows
pasted with colored squares, past the man
who leans into the phone booth’s red pagoda, past
crates of doves and roosters veiled
until dawn
.
–Lynda Hull (1954–94)

Friday, January 24, 2020
24th day of the year


Mary Lou Retton (gymnast) was born on this day in 1968.
Chris Penn (actor) died on this day in 2006.


 
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What is the Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year 2020: The Year of the Rat
The Chinese New Year—also referred to as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year globally—lands on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Why does the Chinese New Year start at a different time than ours? How is this important holiday celebrated? What does the Year of the Rat symbolize?
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Which Animal Sign Are You?

Animal Signs of the Chinese Zodiac
What animal are you on the Chinese zodiac? (2020 is the year of the Rat!) See all 12 Chinese zodiac animals—and see if you match your birth profile.
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Longevity Noodles

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Good Luck Superstitions

Good Luck Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales
There are many superstitions for “good luck” around the home. Many of these would be called “Old Wives’ tales.” Let’s have fun exploring these age-old sayings.
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