Did You Know?
Happy Birthday to All of Us
In Chinese culture, many people do not put much importance on their birthdays (and if you were born a peasant, chances are you may not even know the exact day you were born). Individual birthdays are typically only celebrated one year and 30 days after a child is born and at certain milestone ages including 6, 10, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100. Instead, everyone celebrates turning one year older together on the seventh day (known as Renri) of the Lunar New Year, the 15- day festival that occurs in January or February, depending on the moon cycle.
The Green Squash
If on August 8th you happen to find yourself with more zucchini than you need, anonymously give some to your neighbor. It’s alright, it’s “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch” Day. About a century ago, Italian immigrants introduced zucchini to American agriculture ( zucca is Italian for “little squash”), although it is native to Central America and Mexico. The largest zucchini on record was grown in the United Kingdom, weighing 65 pounds and nearly eight feet long, but the most flavorful zucchinis are small-to-medium sized— something to keep in mind before heading over to your neighbor’s porch.