Let’s ring in the Chinese New Year again—for Mimi!


January 13, 2016


Chinese New Year is the most important social and economic holiday in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday is a time to honor household and heavenly gods as well as ancestors. It is also a time to bring family together for feasting.

DSC_2548_thumb-150x150 Chinese New Year always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The ancient Chinese calendar, upon which the Chinese New Year is based, also functioned as a religious and social guide.

At Creative Associates International, the celebration of the Chinese New Year has been a tradition since 1999, the Year of the Rabbit. Creative Co-Founder Mimi Tse, who was of Chinese origin, helped to launch and lead the organization’s annual fête.

Although she is no longer with us, Creative will continue celebrating this tradition with much more passion and love. Mimi was the soul of this celebration and will continue to be there in spirit.

The Year of the Monkey

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a 12-year cycle in which each year corresponds to an animal sign. This year, the Year of the Monkey, will mark Creative’s 17th consecutive Chinese New Year Open House. Occupying the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey possesses character traits such as curiosity, mischievousness and cleverness.

The color red is one of the many traditions of this holiday. As Mimi always used to say: “Wear red for a good and lucky year!”

Let’s get together again on Wednesday, February 17th and celebrate Mimi’s life as we ring in the Chinese New Year as she would have wanted us to do.

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