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Burlington area celebrates the Fire Pig for Chinese New Year

Containing the first full moon of the new lunar year, Lantern Festival Day is customarily viewed as a day for lovers. So if the Valentines Day blizzard prevented you from buying chocolates, you have a second chance. To stay in the Chinese spirit on that day, you may also want to give traditional Yuanxiao (translated as First Night), sticky rice dumplings shaped like full moons. Each Chinese year has an associated element (wood, fire, earth, metal, or water) and a presiding zodiac animal (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, or pig) 60 combinations in all. This is the Year of the Fire Pig. Why might that fact worry Barack Obama? The Fire Pig alignment last occurred in 1947, the year that Hillary Rodham Clinton was born. With the return of the Fire Pig pairing, Clinton will be 60 on October 26. As a Fire Pig in a Fire Pig year, Clinton may be unstoppable. According to Longevity.com, Fire Pigs cannot be deterred from a goal once they have set itDont double-cross a Fire Pig. They have the ability to be quite abrasive when things dont turn out as they planned. Will this be Fire Pig Hillary Clintons year? Barack Obama, a Metal Ox (strength of steel, with a will to match) born on August 4, 1961, will soon find out. While the optimistic Clintons may be breaking out the champagne, celebrations in the Burlington area have been more traditional. Vermont Chinese School Principal Qingbin Wang (also a 1961 Metal Ox!) hosted a luncheon and entertainment program at South Burlingtons F.H. Tuttle Middle School on Feb. 17. After savoring food from two local Chinese restaurants, about 300 people enjoyed songs, dances, instrumental music, comedy, and even paper cutting presented by the schools six Chinese language classes. At The Inn at Essex on Feb. 18, Susan Glickman coordinated a different kind of Chinese New Year f괥a banquet for local families with adopted children from Asian countries. A true Wood Snake (stable group of friends and family), Glickman works with Families with Children from China: New England (802-872-5828) to provide monthly playgroup support. About 70 family members feasted on delicious, authentic Chinese cuisine to welcome in the Chinese New Year. Auspiciously, Susan Glickman supports Hillary Clinton.

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