This week’s blog post is a quick one to wish you a Happy Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, began on February 10th and lasts for approximately 15 days until the full moon arrives.

Year of the Wood Dragon

2024 is the year of the dragon and more specifically the wood dragon. The dragon is related to success, intelligence, and honour. While wood represents vitality and creativity.

So this year is believed to foster growth, progress, and abundance. And wood dragons are known to be full of energy, and dream of changing the world. An optimistic outlook for the year ahead! So step up to the plate, and advocate for yourself and the community around you.

Celebrating the new year

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year (CNY) on the 17th with our adoption community. One of the many wonderful things that my daughter has brought to my life (in addition to all the obvious ones ♥) is a connection to many other families.

We are a tight knit group. Perhaps not as close as when our kids were little. But, there’s always a bond there even if we only get together once or twice a year.

Happy Lunar New Year! by Colleen Kanna, Photo of Colleen in a white sweater and her daughter in a black & red silk outfit and red tights at a Chinese New Year celebration.

Celebrating Chinese New Year when the kids were young

Most of our children are all grown up now and away at university. When we get together, it’s often just the parent(s). So the participants, conversation, and concerns are different but the sentiment is the same. We still support one another, laugh and cry together, and share our experiences. We soak up the goodness of coming together.

Feeling grateful

Not a day goes by that I’m not filled with gratitude. I’m forever grateful to my daughter’s Chinese birth parents for giving me the opportunity to be her mother. And I’m grateful to be a part of this community.

My daughter will be home for reading week next week. Hooray! That means she can come to our CNY celebration at the Yangtze Restaurant. And that reminds me, I better get some red envelopes ready.

Wishing you prosperity and good fortune in 2024. Xīn nián kuài lè. Happy New Year!

~ Colleen


Colleen Kanna

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.