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Happy Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Goat

Chinese New Year GoatLet’s Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4713 begins on Feb. 19, 2015.

Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in sheep years are often artistic, charming, sensitive, and sweet. It is known as the most creative sign in the Chinese zodiac. Jane Austen, Boris Becker, Jamie Foxx, Mel Gibson, Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino, Barbara Walters, Bruce Willis, and Orville Wright were born in the year of the sheep.

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year’s Eve. In the United States, however, many early Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of community through neighborhood associations instead. Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events.

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. In the United States, where the New Year is celebrated with a shortened schedule, the dragon dance always takes place on a weekend. In addition, many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements such as marching bands and parades.

Although most Americans know today’s holiday as the Chinese New Year, the Chinese have been calling it the Spring Festival since 1912. That is because in 1912, they adopted the Gregorian calendar and moved to celebrating the New Year on January 1st. To preserve the holiday, they changed the name to the Spring Festival.

This holiday is one of the most significant in China, and originally developed as an opportunity to celebrate deities and ancestors. It was celebrated by gathering family together to feast, and consequently became an important opportunity for family to reconnect each year.

Australia Day is January 26, 2015.

Aussie beachThis year, Australia Day falls on the 26th of January. This day is intended to support and spread the values of Australians as a whole.

My youngest child and my only daughter has been living in Australia since June 2014. She has enjoyed her time there tremendously and experienced an amazing array of activities, events, travel, friendships and terrific employment opportunities. This picture is one that she sent me recently.

The only time I traveled to Australia was with my daughter on a cruise that originated in Hong Kong and traveled south, eventually taking us to Darwin, Brisbane and ultimately Sydney.

We fed koalas, kangaroos, toured the world famous Sydney Opera House, walked across the bridge and enjoyed the sights and the people.
The cost of living is tremendous there so it is very expensive to eat and drink. I remember taking us to a restaurant for ‘happy hour’ and a Smirnoff cocktail was $22 and that was Aussie dollars, which at the time was even more expensive then US dollars.

It is almost surreal when I look at her photos because the colors are so vivid and lustrous. We chatted on the telephone yesterday and she told me about all of the festivities that are involved in celebrating Australia Day.

Whether you are Australian or not, there are a variety of ways in which you can recognize the holiday, including but not limited to:

If you are interested in holding a public Australia Day event in your community, allow the Australia Day website to broadcast and promote your event!

If you are Australian, take a moment to think about what makes you proud to be whom you are. The Australian of the Year Awards acts as a nationwide celebration of the achievements of Australians.

Australians living in America can partake in an Australian Citizenship Affirmation ceremony where they can affirm their commitment and loyalty to Australia.

Are you simply an #AussieFan? Share the word on all of your social media pages describing what makes you passionate about Australia.

See Austrailia Day for more information.

General Election, USA, Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

General Election While we’ve kept up our blog posts on a regular (usually 3 times a week a www.TheMariaSanchezShow.com) basis, we’ve taken some time away from the website and the podcasts to focus on some other professional opportunities, political campaigns and family matters.  It is terribly important that if you are a registered voter that you vote on Tuesday, November 4th. I’ve been fairly political most of my life. I was always the President of my class or a Student Body Officer while in high school and pretty much the same scenario in college when I attended and graduated from the University of California, Davis.

As an adult, I registered at the age of 18 and feel that our votes count. One of my favorite personal mottos is, “one voice, one vote, one pay check.” What say, what we do, how we spend our money and how we vote matters! I think far too often people feel that it is one vote, what could it possibly matter?

Well it does. Whether we agree politically or not really isn’t the point. That we participate in the process of our democracy and go to the polls is really more important.
Our representatives in our state capitals and in the corridors of Washington, D.C. need to be there because the majority of the people voted and thus our leaders represent the majority of the electorate. That seems pretty straightforward to me.

Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in the past is that the minority of people show up, mostly the extremists of both parties and thus they elect the exception or the more polarizing candidate.

So please, whatever you do, V-O-T-E on Tuesday!

If you have an absentee ballot and you haven’t mailed it yet, BRING IT IN PERSON to your polling place. The postmark does NOT count! It has to be received on or before November 4th so don’t trust it to the USPS at this point. Hold on to it and take it to your polling place.

Ray Rice – Go to Hell!

Ray Rice

I am not voyeuristic in general. I know that bad things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. I don’t take delight or joy or experience diversion by focusing on the downside of the human condition.
Thus, I don’t rubber neck on the freeway when there’s an accident. I never participated in the parental gossip in the parking lot awaiting the dismissal of my children.
I”m far from perfect but I don’t want to contribute to the dark side.
This NFL physical/domestic abuse story has proven me to be otherwise. I watched the video, more than once. I’ve watched the commentary and listened to the talk show programs who are rightfully, all over this.
I am a HUGE football fan. When I was growing up, which will help explain how seasoned I am as a woman on this planet, I had both the NFL and the AFL pennants hanging from the ceiling of my bedroom.
I would watch THE (there was only one game broadcast on television each week) Sunday game at 1pm PDT with my father and his buddies in our cigar, smoke filled family room. I was the only female present.
I knew the game, I loved the game, I would get tears in my eyes after a player tackled an opposing team mate and he would pull up the other team’s player and give his butt a slap.
This was football at its finest. This was the NFL in its heyday. Not that there weren’t problems.
Lance Rentzel comes to mind. Chuck Muncie as well. The players weren’t perfect, they were human beings. But this act of domestic violence has me recoiling and revolted.
And for the NFL to respond so meekly and then deny they’ve seen the video of the incident, now I’m truly ashamed.
I have experienced abuse in my relationships. I’m not proud. It takes two to tango. I stuck around longer than I should have, longer than I would want my daughter to, longer than any woman should have. I’ve been there.
It is sick behavior. It is depraved behavior. It is aberrant behavior but it exists and we need to excise it out of our society.
Please do not judge. Please have compassion. Please understand that there are varying degrees of reasonable people making unreasonable choices – that would be the victims that I’m referring to.

@MariaSanchezShow; #RayRice

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

"0708_NWS_LDN-L-HOBBYLOBBY-MB"On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court allowed an exception to Obamacare’s mandate that firms above a certain size offer their staff insurance that includes free contraception. 

The case, Burwell v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, was brought by two Christian families and their businesses.

Please join Maria as she visits with grass roots, political activist, Lauren Steiner who discusses a protest that will occur on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Grand Opening of a Hobby Lobby in Burbank, CA.