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Happy New Year to all our beloved readers!

A fresh year is beginning but old feelings still linger. The value of ancient traditions will probably never change. For some Asians, red brings good luck, therefore, red is popular in home décor during New Year’s celebrations. Remember to avoid sweeping the house during this period for fear of sweeping the luck out.  During New Year’s festivities Asians like to show off their new clothes, and red is the favorite color to bring luck and prosperity for the entire year.  Some Westerners believe that they should eat something round, like donuts, to wish for a fulfilling year. They wear new clothes on New Year’s Day but not new shoes for fear of luck running away from them.

New Year’s is a time to express desires and wishes. In the peaceful and cozy reunion spirit of Tet, Culture invites you to honor timeless traditions – enjoy the beauty of peach and apricot blossoms, eat delicious Tet dishes, and give and receive red envelopes. At this time of year, we look forward to welcoming spring regardless where one lives.

This year is also very special as it is Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st. We join in the year-long celebrations held across the nation.

I hope 2017 brings hope and a new life for all of us. It’s time for long-awaited changes, and to make inspirational resolutions that positively influence your life.

For 2017, the year of the Rooster, Culture wishes you and your family health, happiness, and prosperity.

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Ann Nguyen
Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief, Culture Magazin© Ann holds a Bachelor's Degree from McMaster University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Toronto. She is also currently managing director of Share Your Love Relief Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to helping the underprivileged and is an avid supporter of many charitable endeavours. She believes the duty of preserving and promoting the culture rest upon her generation, the 1.5 generation and therefore, she has co-founded Culture Magazin© with its mission to bridge East and West be a facilitator of cultural exchange for both sides.