“There is always time for you to try a new path in life.”

This was one of the fortunes found in the Chinese Fortune Cookie we had at the end of the holidays. We had eaten all the leftovers we could handle, so we decided to have Chinese food for a change of pace.

After we had all read our fortunes I wondered how all this got started so I decided to do some research on it. I discovered that the Chinese tradition of giving cakes with messages tucked inside was born in the 13th and 14th century when it became a popular way of expressing good wishes on an important occasion such as New Years greetings.

Along with the New Years celebrations in America, the Chinese New Year is not far behind. This year their celebration begins at the first new moon and last 15 days until the full moon appears. This year Chinese New Years day is Jan. 29.

Each year is named after an animal and the 2006 animal is the year of the dog. On the Chinese calendar it is the year 4702.

After learning all this great information I thought it would be very neighborly to share our good wishes and good will with the world the Chinese way, especially with our Chinese friends.

Some of the fortunes we found in our fortune cookies were good ones to share — “Be yourself and you will always be in fashion.”

As our world opens up its hearts to other races and cultures may we wish good fortune to all.

“May your hearts be pure and your minds clear” and remember happiness is a fortune cookie.

(Jeanne Peterson may be reached via e-mail at jeanne p6766@sbcglobal.net.)

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