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  • We are all wearing red,
    simmering on a gradient,
    vermillion stove of color
    to honor the lunar new year.

    As the lions dance,
    their ritual ushers in the new
    and evicts the bad spirits
    from the Chinese garden.

    Firecrackers explode, wind chimes
    rattle and we feel in the breeze,
    the first day is for the welcoming deities
    of the heavens and earth.

    We pray for luck
    We exchange red envelopes for prosperity
    We light candles for longevity
    Sweets are eaten to ensure a sweet year.

    Together we ponder the future.
    Earth ox is celebrated,
    a water buffalo birth
    in lotus blossoms,
    Floating lanterns set adrift
    against the open sky.
    This place is never twice the same.
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