Happy Chinese New Year

Yes, today was Chinese New Year (well, I guess it was yesterday now). Also Mardi Gras. Didn't get to do the traditional Chinese dinner out, as I had to work tonight and fit in the Amazon basketball game. Y'all should go out and have some Chinese food, though, and celebrate New Year on the lunar calendar.
When growing up, I never knew when my parents' birthday was, because it was based on the lunar calendar, so it was on a different date every year. I've finally realized that my dad's birthday is four days after Chinese New Year, so happy early birthday, dad.
Speaking of Chinese stuff, this freaked me out.
I didn't realize what the whole "Mardi Gras beads" deal was until this year. Have I just been oblivious, or did this never get publicity in the past?
Speed skating is a beautiful sport to watch. Someday I'd like to try it. Someday, I should try Mardi Gras in New Orleans as well.