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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.

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