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GOODBYE 2013! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014! WELCOMING THE START OF THE NEW YEAR is celebrated all around the world. The custom of celebrating the New Year started during the 1500’s, when the calendar now in use was introduced. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated about the time of the autumnal equinox at the end of September or the beginning of October. Hindus celebrate the start of a new “year” every three months.  The Chinese celebrate two New Year’s Days, one is on January 1 and the second is a much more festive celebration. This is considered the most important and festive holiday. Taking place on the New Year’s Day calculated as the first day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar, sometime between January 21 and February 19. This celebration also involves getting rid of bad luck from the past year by cleaning their homes, making amends and paying off debts. The Chinese celebration ends with the Lantern Festival, colorful parades, games, and special foods and sweets. Indonesia has two New Year celebrations, the official one on January 1 and another on the Islamic New Year, whose date varies from year to year. The Russian Orthodox Church observes the New Year according to the Julian calendar, which places the day on January 14.  In Vietnam, the new year usually begins in February.  Iran celebrates New Year’s Day on March 21.  Each of the religious groups in India has its own date for the beginning of the year.   One Hindu New Year, Baisakhi, comes sometime in April or May.  The people in Morocco observe the beginning of the year on the tenth day of Muhrram, the first month of the Islamic year. The Koreans celebrate their New Year the first three days in January. However you celebrate, enjoy the day. HAPPY NEW YEAR! FELIZ ANO NUEVO! BONNE ANNEE! HANOLI MAKAHIKI HOU!
The San Gabriel Valley Front Line for Veterans, First Responders and their Families will hold their meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the American Legion Pasadena Post 13, 131 N. Marengo, Pasadena, California.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 P.M. Speaker will be Sergeant Major James Schickel, USMC (ret) on The Experience of PTSD and Raising Awareness in Families and Law Enforcement.  The program and dinner are provided at no charge.  For further information or Dinner Reservations (a must) register by January 4, 2014 at
The Friends of Foster Children is a non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1976 to enhance the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the San Gabriel Valley. If interested in membership or for further information, phone 626-445-4542 or Email:
LET’S PLAY BUNCO! and enjoy a Baked Potato Lunch. On Thursday, January 9, 2014, the El Monte Women’s Club invites you to have a little fun and camaraderie at the Women’s Club Lounge, 3130 Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California. Fun begins at 11:00 A.M. Cost $10.00 for food, bunco and lots of prizes. Bunco Hostess is Elsie Neilson. Bunco proceeds are used for student scholarships. The El Monte Women’s Club proudly boasts over a century of community service. For membership information, contact Chairman Esthela Siegrist at 626-442-0354 or President Rita Cazares at 626-579-2261.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town