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2005 is the Year of the Rooster!

Do you know what your Chinese sign is in the calendar?

The Chinese
believe the animal
ruling the year in
which a person is born
has a profound
influence on

They say:
"This is the animal that hides in your heart."

Our Family Signs

Chance is a Monkey

Stephanie is a Tiger

Joe is a Sheep

Please sign our guestbook...

We would love to hear from you!

Photos from our Chinese New Year
(Added February 28, 2005)

~The Ratliff Family

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chance will receive a red envelope with "lucky money" inside which is a Chinese tradition. Some people also give oranges to their friends and relatives to express their respects and good wishes for the new year. The word "orange" in Chinese sounds like "Ji", which means "good luck".

We'll be celebrating the Lunar New Year to treasure our asian heritage. Both Korea and Japan celebrate it in different ways. We'll be having rice cake soup (tteokguk) that day which is a Korean tradition. One of Stephanie's favorite soup and hopefully, will be Chance's as well...yummy!

~ Update ~
On Monday, we celebrated Fasching with the Germans at the well-known and popular Mainz parade. It is Germany's version of Mardi Gras/Carnival as they dress up in crazy costumes and normal rules of behavior are forgotten.