One of the great things about living and working in this country is the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our nation. We are fortunate to interact with people from different backgrounds who influence our political and social views and our tastes in food, art, and fashion. Tomorrow, February 5th, our Chinese friends and family will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, it is celebrated in seven days filled with a whirlwind of activities, including decorations, reunion dinners, firecrackers, fireworks and the giving of gifts.