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Chinese Zodiacs in the Year of the Rat (Part I)

We know that the Year of the Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac animals. Rats symbolize wealth and surplus, and those born in the year of the rat are likeable, independent, and optimistic. But how do the other 11 Chinese zodiac animals behave under the rat? OX – Second in…

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Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that is both a form of self-defense and a meditative practice. It was inspired by the philosophical principles of Taoism and Confucianism. Legend has it that it was first practiced in Taoist and Buddhist monasteries in the 12th Century. Today, it has become popular across the world,…

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A Community of Castles

      Art Installation & Photo Opportunity Location: West Galleria Date: January 16 – February 10, 2020 There are hundreds of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year through various cultures and customs. The new year is a chance to rise up to new challenges and look forward to better opportunities. The multicultural fabric…

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The Lion Dance

Many believe the Lion Dance originated in the Tang Dynasty in China, however, there are records of masked dances that date back even earlier. The lion itself was not native to China, so the dance is said to have been introduced to China from other countries in Asia. There are two main styles of the…

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Lunar Celebrations Calendar

January 16th – February 10th “Community of Castles” art installation & Photo Opportunity. The castles are based on pop-up books giving life to the different sceneries and architecture of Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and China.     Children’s Lunar Lantern Crafts + Workshop in the West Galleria Saturday, January 18 from 1PM – 3PM Thursday,…

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The Year of the Rat 2020

The Year of the Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor proclaimed the order of the animals would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as…

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The Benefits of Protein

Protein is essential at all stages of life – it aids in development, growth, and maintains function through age. Interestingly enough, the word protein is derived from the Greek word Proteos, which means “primary” or “first”. Yet, many people are not getting enough of this essential nutrient. What is important to keep in mind are…

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What is Boxing Day?

The earliest mention of Boxing Day can be traced back to the 1830s in the UK. It got its name because lords and aristocrats used to give “Christmas Boxes” filled with small gifts, money, and leftovers from Christmas dinner to their servants and employees, in recognition of their hard work on Christmas Day and throughout…

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Happy Chanukkah

Chanukkah December 22-30, 2019 Chanukkah is the Jewish “Festival of Light” commemorating their victory over a tyrant king and the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC. As the story goes, a small quantity of oil to light the Temple’s menorah miraculously lasted eight days. Today, Chanukkah is about spending time with your…

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Hot Tech Gifts

We have a great selection for all those tech savvy guys and gals on your list! Even if gadgets are not your thing, these new innovations may make you reconsider. Technology has become an essential part of our everyday life, whether you’re driving, staying home, going to school, or even taking a vacation. I have…

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