Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Banquet

The USCPFA Annual New Year Banquet and Fundraiser will be held on February the 1st at Canton House restaurant located at 4825 Buford Hwy. Chamblee, GA 30341. We will gather at 6:30 for opening remarks, with dinner beginning at 6:45. The silent auction will be featured, a wonderful fundraiser for the Ida Pruitt Scholarship fund, and entertainment will be provided by the always popular Atlanta Shaolin Lion Dancers. Penny Blackford will be the ‘Year of the Horse’ forecaster, filling in for Peggy Roney, who will still be recuperating from surgery.

The menu will feature Ginger Scallion Shrimp, Salt and Pepper Whole Chicken, and Steamed Whole Fish as well as other delicious meat and vegetarian items. Banquet seating is $30 per person which includes tax and tip. Please send reservations, and a check made out to USCPFA Atlanta, to Penny Blackford, 2174 Essex Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311. The reservation deadline is January the 27th.

Call for Auction Items

We are blessed with a wonderfully large space for the Lunar New Year Banquet and have ample room for a large auction display this year. Donate your decorative, educational, fun or bizarre items to help low-income, secondary school girls in China gain an education that will benefit them, their families and their communities in remote and impoverished Gansu Province. Funds are disbursed to the Shandan-Bailie School in Gansu. For more about the school, scholarship fund, Gansu Province, or the life of Ida Pruitt, check out the Ida Pruitt Scholarship website at this link.

Please send auction donation descriptions and minimum bids to Christa Ernst at

Language Corner

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in China. This 15 day long holiday is often referred to as the largest yearly human migration, as millions of Chinese return to ancestral homes to be with family. Here are some Mandarin phrases commonly used and heard this time of year.

Congratulations and Prosperity
gōng xǐ fā cái  恭喜发财

Happy New Year
xīn nián kuài lè    新年快乐

Wishing you prosperity every year
nián nián yǒu yú 年年有馀

Replace the old with the new (proverb) 
chú jiù bù xīn 除旧布新

Red Envelope
hóng bāo  红包

Set off firecrackers
fàng biān pào  放鞭炮

Good luck for the year of the Horse
mǎ nián xíng dà yùn  马年行大运