Songs About Food

On a previous poll survey I had conducted on this site a couple months back, readers were asked what type of playlist they’d like to see next, and the most asked for was relating to food. So here you will find a comprehensive “food-inspired” collection of songs covering a vast array of music genres, styles and eras. Each of these selections feature various songs about or relating to food… as well as various other aspects of eating, drinking and dining, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Other key words are eat, candy, food, cafe, restaurant, drive-thru, etc. These key words must appear in the title to be included here.

I’m sure you will soon realize that a majority of these songs featuring food related terms don’t really have anything to do with food at all, but are a metaphor for other guilty pleasures of life, so to speak. So it’s no surprise how often food terminology comes up in song.

A more comprehensive drinking song list featuring songs about alcoholic drinks, liquor, bars, etc. can be found HERE. (I posted this list a few months back)

If you can think of any songs I omitted here, and I know there are lots more out there, please drop me a comment and let me know.

** PS – I refuse to be held liable for causing hunger pains or attack of the munchies after the viewing the following list and photo gallery. 😛

Bon Appetit!!

Songs About Food

    1. 30,000 Pounds of Bananas – Harry Chapin (1974)
    2. A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch – Dead Kennedys (1985)
    3. A Rose & A Baby Ruth – George Hamilton IV (1956)
    4. A Spoonful of Sugar – Julie Andrews (classic from the 1964 movie, “Mary Poppins”)
    5. A Taste of Honey – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (1965)
    6. Alice’s Restaurant Massacree – Arlo Guthrie (1969)
    7. All Her Favorite Fruit – Camper Van Beethoven
    8. All Night Diner – Modest Mouse (1996)
    9. All That Meat And No Potatoes – Fats Waller
    10. All You Can Eat – The Fat Boys
    11. American Pie – Don McLean (1971), Madonna (2000)
    12. Animal Crackers (In My Soup) – Shirley Temple (from the 1935 movie, “Curly Top”)
    13. Anybody Want To Buy My Cabbage? – Lil Johnson (1930’s)
    14. Apple – Cibo Matto
    15. Apple Green – June Valli (1960)
    16. Apple of My Eye – Roy Head (1965)
    17. Apples, Peaches, Cherries – Peggy Lee
    18. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The Techniques (1967)
    19. Artichoke – Cibo Matto
    20. Attack of The Killer Tomatoes Theme – from the 1978 cult movie of the same name
    21. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte (1957) and by many others
    22. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
    23. Banana Split For My Baby – Louis Prima
    24. Bazooka Bubble Gum Song – Bazooka Joe
    25. Beans & Cornbread – Louis Jordan
    26. Beans In My Ears – Serendipity Singers (1964)
    27. Beef Jerky – Cibo Matto
    28. Big Rock Candy Mountain – Burl Ives (1949) (a folk classic from the 1920’s)
    29. Birthday Cake – Cibo Matto (1995)
    30. Black Coffee – Sarah Vaughan (1949), Peggy Lee (1953), Ella Fitzgerald (1960) (several other recordings over the years from Rosemary Clooney to k.d. Lang)
    31. Black Coffee In Bed – Squeeze (1982)
    32. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree – KT Turnstall (2006)
    33. Bloat On – Cheech & Chong (1977) parody of “Float On” by The Floaters
    34. Blueberry Hill – Louis Armstrong (1956), Fats Domino (1956)
    35. Brain Stew – Green Day (1995)
    36. Bread & Butter – The Newbeats (1964)
    37. Breakfast At Tiffanys – Deep Blue Something (1995)
    38. Breakfast In America – Supertramp (1979)
    39. Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones (1971)
    40. Burger & Fries – Charley Pride (1978)
    41. Burritos – Sublime
    42. Buttermilk Biscuits – Sir Mix-A-Lot
    43. Café Down On The Corner – Sawyer Brown
    44. Call Any Vegetable – Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
    45. Candy – Iggy Pop (1990), Cameo (1986) Mandy Moore (1999)
    46. Candy Girl – Four Seasons (1963)
    47. Candy Girl – New Edition (1993)
    48. Candy Man – Roy Orbison (1961)
    49. Candyman – Christina Aguilera (2007)
    50. Candy Rain – Soul For Real (1995)
    51. Candy Shop – 50 Cent (2005)
    52. Canned Ham – Norman Greenbaum (1970)
    53. Caramel – Suzanne Vega
    54. Cheeseburger In Paradise – Jimmy Buffett (1978)
    55. Cherry Baby – Starz (1977)
    56. Cherry Bomb – John Cougar Mellencamp (1987)
    57. Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond (1966)
    58. Cherry Hill Park – Billy Joe Royal (1969)
    59. Cherry Pie – Skip & Flip (1960)
    60. Cherry Pie – Warrant (1990)
    61. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White – Perez Prado & His Orchestra (1955)
    62. Cherrystone – Adrissi Brothers (1959)
    63. Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire (aka “The Christmas Song”) – Nat King Cole (1946) This Christmas classic has also been recorded by scores of other artists
    64. Chewy Chewy – Ohio Express (1968)
    65. Chicken – The Cramps
    66. Chicken Cordon Bleu – Steve Goodman
    67. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band (2008)
    68. Chicken Noodle Soup – Webstar & Young B (2006)
    69. Chicken Pickin’ – Lonnie Mack (1964)
    70. Chicken Soup With Rice – Carole King
    71. Chiquita Banana – Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
    72. Chocolate – Snow Patrol
    73. Chocolate Cake – Crowded House (1991)
    74. Chocolate Rain – Tay Zonday (a YouTube viral success)
    75. Chocolate Salty Balls – (sung by Chef from South Park)
    76. Chop Suey – System of A Down (2002)
    77. Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk – Rufus Wainwright (2001)
    78. Cinnamon – Derek (1968)
    79. Cinnamon Girl – Gentrys (1970)
    80. Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young
    81. Coconut – Nilsson (1972)
    82. Coconut Pudding Vendor – Xavier Cogat (1935)
    83. Coconut Woman – Harry Belafonte (1957)
    84. Coffee In The Morning (Kisses In The Night) – Boswell Sisters (1934)
    85. Coffee Song – Frank Sinatra (1946)
    86. Coffee Time – Natalie Cole
    87. Cold Turkey – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (1969)
    88. Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas – Bud Powell
    89. Cook With Honey- Judy Collins (1973)
    90. Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos (1994)
    91. Cotton Candy – Al Hirt (1964)
    92. Country Pie – Bob Dylan
    93. Crackerbox Palace – George Harrison (1977)
    94. Dinner Bell – They Might Be Giants
    95. Dinner With Drac – John Zacherle (1958)
    96. Dixie Chicken – Little Feat (1973)
    97. Dixie Fried – Kentucky Headhunters (1993)
    98. Do Fries Go With That Shake? – George Clinton (1986)
    99. Do You Want Fries With That? – Tim McGraw (2005)
    100. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight?) – Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group (another Dr. Demento classic)
    101. Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree – The Andrews Sisters/Glenn Miller Orchestra (1942)
    102. Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic (1984)
    103. Eat Steak – Reverend Horton Heat (1992)
    104. Eat That Chicken – Charles Mingus
    105. Eat The Rich – Aerosmith (1993)
    106. Eat Your Greens – Lloyd Cole
    107. Eatin’ Ice Cream & Cake – Ray Charles
    108. Eggs & Sausage – Tom Waits
    109. Elderberry Wine – Elton John (1973)
    110. English Muffins & Irish Stew – Sylvia Sims (1956)
    111. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway
    112. Fish Heads – Barnes & Barnes (a Dr. Demento novelty classic)
    113. Food For Thought – UB40 (1980)
    114. Food Glorious Food – soundtrack from “Oliver” (1968)
    115. Frim Fram Sauce – Nat King Cole (1945), Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and others
    116. Get ‘Em From The Peanut Man (Hot Nuts) – Lil Johnson (1930’s)
    117. Get Your Biscuits In The Over & Your Buns In Bed – Kinky Friedman
    118. Glass Onion – Beatles (1968)
    119. Goober Peas – a traditional folk song from around 1866 with good versions by Burl Ives as well as The Kingston Trio
    120. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles Mingus
    121. Grapefruit/Juicy Fruit – Jimmy Buffett (1978)
    122. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) – Dee Dee Sharp (1962)
    123. Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s (1962)
    124. Grits Ain’t Groceries – Little Milton
    125. Guava Jelly – Bob Marley
    126. Hard Rock Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton
    127. Ham ‘N’ Eggs – Lonnie Donegan
    128. Ham ‘N’ Eggs – A Tribe Called Quest
    129. Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama) – The Andrews Sisters
    130. Homegrown Tomatoes – Guy Clark
    131. Honey Honey – Abba (1974)
    132. Honey Pie – Beatles
    133. Hot Burrito #1 – Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)
    134. Hot Cross Buns – (a children’s nursery rhyme dating back 3 centuries!)
    135. Hot Dog – Led Zeppelin (1979)
    136. Hot Dog & A Shake – David Lee Roth
    137. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers – John Cougar Mellencamp
    138. Hot Pastrami – Dartells (1963)
    139. Hot Pastrami With Mashed Potatoes – Joey Dee & The Starliters (1963)
    140. Hungry – Paul Revere & The Raiders (1966)
    141. Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen (1987)
    142. Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen (1980)
    143. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran (1982)
    144. I Like Food – The Descendents
    145. I Want Candy – Strangeloves (1965)
    146. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow (1982)
    147. I Want Candy – Aaron Carter
    148. Ice Cream – Raekwon (1995)
    149. Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan
    150. Ice Cream Man – Van Halen (1978)

  1. If I Knew Your Were Coming (I’d’ve Baked A Cake) – Eileen Barton (1950)
  2. Incense & Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock (1967)
  3. I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts – Danny Kaye (1950)
  4. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams (1952), Jo Stafford (1952)
  5. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – John Fogerty/Blue Ridge Rangers (1972)
  6. Java – Al Hirt (1964)
  7. Java Jive – The Ink Spots (1941)
  8. Jelly Roll – Charles Mingus
  9. Junk Food Junkie – Larry Groce (1976) (another Dr. Demento classic)
  10. Know Your Chicken – Cibo Matto (1996)
  11. Lady Marmalade- LaBelle (1975)
  12. Land of Milk & Honey – The Vogues (1966)
  13. Lemon Tree – Peter Paul & Mary 1962), Trini Lopez (1965)
  14. Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee – Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (an Irving Berlin classic from the 1932 movie “Face The Music”)
  15. Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries – Rudy Vallee (1931)
  16. Lipstick & Candy & Rubbersole Shoes – Julius LaRosa (1956)
  17. Little Coco Palm – Jerry Wallace (1960)
  18. Little Green Apples – OC Smith (1968), Roger Miller (1968)
  19. Lollipop – The Chordettes (1958)
  20. Lollipop – Mika (2007)
  21. Lollipop – Lil’ Wayne (2008)
  22. Lollipop (Candyman) – Aqua (1997)
  23. Lollipops & Roses – Jack Jones (1962)
  24. Louisiana Hot Sauce – Sammy Kershaw
  25. Lunch Lady Land – Adam Sandler
  26. Marshmallow World – A Christmas classic originally recorded by Bing Crosby (1950), also hits by Dean Martin (1966), Vic Damone (1951), Darlene Love (1963)
  27. Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp (1962)
  28. Meat & Potatoes – Belle & Sebastian
  29. Meatballs – Lil Johnson (1930’s)
  30. Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis
  31. Milk & Cereal – G. Love & Special Sauce
  32. Milkshake – Kelis (2003)
  33. Moose Turd Pie – Utah Philips
  34. Mother Popcorn – James Brown
  35. Mr. Peppermint Man – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones (1962)
  36. Muffin Man – Frank Zappa
  37. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small (1964)
  38. No Milk Today – Herman’s Hermits (1967)
  39. No Sugar Tonight – The Guess Who (1970)
  40. On The Good Ship Lollipop – Shirley Temple (from the 1934 movie classic “Bright Eyes”
  41. On Top of Spaghetti – Tom Glaser & Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus (1963)
  42. One Bad Apple – The Osmonds (1971)
  43. One More Cup of Coffee – Bob Dylan
  44. Oreo Cookie Blues – Lonnie Mack
  45. Pans of Biscuits – Kate Campbell
  46. Pass The Peas – James Brown
  47. Peaches – Presidents of the United States of America (1996)
  48. Peaches & Cream – 112 (2001)
  49. Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa (1969)
  50. Peaches ‘N’ Cream – Ikettes (1965)
  51. Peanut Butter – The Marathons (1961)
  52. Peanut Butter – Twennynine (1979)
  53. Peanuts – Little Joe & The Thrillers (1957)
  54. Peel Me A Grape – Diana Krall
  55. Pepper – Butthole Surfers (1996)
  56. Pepper-Hot Baby – Jaye P. Morgan (1955)
  57. Peppermint Twist – Joey Dee & The Starliters (1961)
  58. Pickin’ Wild Mountain Berries – Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson (1968)
  59. Pineapple Princess – Annette (1960)
  60. Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White (1969)
  61. Pop Pop Pop Pie – Sherrys (1962)
  62. Popcorn – Hot Butter (1972)
  63. Popcorn Song – Cliffie Stone (1955)
  64. Popsicle – Jan & Dean (1966)
  65. Popsicle Toes – Michael Franks (1976)
  66. Popsicles & Icicles – Murmaids (1963)
  67. Pork & Beans – Weezer (2008)
  68. Pork Chops & Mustard Greens – Ernie Andrews
  69. Poundcake – Van Halen (1991)
  70. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard (1988)
  71. Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan (1974)
  72. Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) – Squeeze (1980)
  73. Pumpkin Soup – Kate Nash (2007)
  74. Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley, Dickie Goodman (both are different versions)
  75. Rainbow Stew – Merle Haggard
  76. Raspberries, Strawberries – Kingston Trio
  77. Raspberry Berry – Prince (1985)
  78. Roast Fish & Cornbread – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  79. Rock & Roll Stew – Traffic (1971)
  80. Rock Lobster – B-52’s (1979)
  81. Rubber Biscuit – Blues Brothers (1979)
  82. Sad Cafe – The Eagles
  83. Salt Peanuts – Dizzy Gillespie (1942)
  84. Sam The Hot Dog Man – Lil Johnson (1930’s)
  85. Saturday Night Fish Fry – Louis Jordan (1949)
  86. Savoy Truffle – Beatles
  87. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel (1977)
  88. Sci-Fi Wasabi – Cibo Matto
  89. Sex & Candy – Marcy Playground (1998)
  90. Shanghai Noodle Factory – Traffic
  91. She Don’t Use Jelly – Flaming Lips (1993)
  92. Shoo-Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra, Dinah Shore (1946)
  93. Shortnin’ Bread – Al Jolson, Nelson Eddy, Andrews Sisters, Allan Sherman, The Tractors, The Cramps among others (a traditional folk song over 100 years old)
  94. Shrimp Boats – Jo Stafford (1951)
  95. Soup Is Good Food – Dead Kennedys (1985)
  96. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday (1939)
  97. Strawberry Fields Forever – Beatles (1967)
  98. Strawberry Letter 23 – Brothers Johnson (1977)
  99. Strawberry Shortcake – Jay & The Techniques (1968)
  100. Strawberry Wine – Deanna Carter (1996)
  101. Sugar & Spice – Cryan’ Shames (1966)
  102. Sugar Baby Love – The Rubettes (1974)
  103. Sugar Daddy – Jackson 5 (1971)
  104. Sugar Daddy – Thompson Twins (1989)
  105. Sugar Don’t Bite – Sam Harris (1984)
  106. Sugar Dumpling – Sam Cooke (1965)
  107. Sugar Free – Wa Wa Nee (1987)
  108. Sugar (Gimme Some) – Trick Daddy (2005)
  109. Sugar Hill – A Z (1995)
  110. Sugar Lips – Al Hirt (1964)
  111. Sugar Magnolia – Grateful Dead (1970)
  112. Sugar Moon – Pat Boone (1958)
  113. Sugar On Sunday – Clique (1969)
  114. Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs (1963)
  115. Sugar Sugar – The Archies (1969)
  116. Sugar Time – McGuire Sisters (1957)
  117. Sugar Town – Nancy Sinatra (1966)
  118. Sugar Walls – Sheena Easton (1984)
  119. Sugar Water – Cibo Matto
  120. Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down – Fall Out Boy (2005)
  121. Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto (1963), A Taste of Honey (1981)
  122. Sweet Cherry Wine – Tommy James (1969)
  123. Sweet Gingerbread Man – Mike Curb Congregation (1970)
  124. Sweet Pea – Tommy Roe (1966)
  125. Sweet Potato Pie – Ray Charles
  126. Sweet Potato Pie – Domino (1994)
  127. Taco Wagon – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
  128. Tacos, Enchiladas & Beans – Doris Day
  129. Tangerine – Led Zeppelin (1970)
  130. Tea For Two – Marion Harris & His Orchestra (from the classic 1925 musical, “No No Nanette”) (also revamped & popularized with a “cha-cha-cha” version by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra in the 1950’s)
  131. Texas Cookin’ – Guy Clark, George Strait
  132. The Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr. (1972)
  133. The Eggplant Song – Michael Franks
  134. The Eggplant That Ate Chicago – Dr. West’s Medicine Show & Junk Band (1967) (another Dr. Demento classic)
  135. The Fast Food Song – Fast Food Rockers (2003)
  136. The Ketchup Song (aka “Asereje”) – Las Ketchup (2002)
  137. The Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin (1969)
  138. The Onion Song – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1970)
  139. The Popcorn Song – James Brown (1969)
  140. The Spam Song – Monty Python (a classic)
  141. The Strawberry Roan – Marty Robbins
  142. Trapped In The Drive-Thru- Weird Al Yankovic
  143. Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison (1971)
  144. TV Dinners – ZZ Top
  145. Vegetables – Beach Boys (1967)
  146. Watermelon Crawl – Tracy Byrd
  147. Watermelon Man – Mongo Santamaria Band (1963)
  148. When I Take My Sugar To Tea – Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra
  149. Whipped Cream – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  150. White Pepper Ice Cream – Cibo Matto
  151. Wild Honey – Beach Boys (1967)
  152. Wild Mountain Honey – Steve Miller Band (1976)
  153. Yes We Have No Bananas – (1923) Billy Jones, Spike Jones, Benny Goodman (another Dr. Demento favorite)
  154. You Gotta Eat Your Spinach Baby – Shirley Temple (from the 1936 movie Poor Little Rich Girl)
  155. You’ll Never Miss Your Jelly Till Your Jelly Roller’s Gone – Lil Johnson (1930’s)
  156. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy – Ohio Express (1968)

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Special Mention:

The above list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of  “Weird Al” Yankovic’s….. “The Food Album”…..

 

The Food Album is a compilation CD of parody songs by “Weird Al” Yankovic in which all the songs on the album relates to various types of food.

Track Listings:

#1)  “Fat”

Parody of “Bad” by Michael Jackson

A song about a man’s obesity that is blown way out of proportion

#2)  “Lasagna”

Parody of “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens or Los Lobos

A song centered largely around Italians and Italian cuisine

#3)  “Addicted To Spuds”

Parody of “Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer

A song about a man’s fondness for potatoes prepared in various different ways

#4)  “I Love Rocky Road”

Parody of “I Love ‘N’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

A song glorifying one’s favorite ice cream flavor… none other than Rocky Road!

#5)  “Spam”

Parody of “Stand” by R.E.M.

A song about the infamous canned luncheon meat known as SPAM

#6)  “Eat It”

Parody of “Beat It” by Michael Jackson

A song about a parent’s exasperating quest to get their young child to eat a healthy, nutritious diet

#7)  “The White Stuff”

Parody of “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block

A song about one’s self-expression of loving the creamy white icing found inside Oreo brand cookies

#8)  “My Bologna”

Parody of “My Sharona” by The Knack

A song in which the narrator talks about his obsession with the lunch meat, bologna

#9)  “Taco Grande”

Parody of “Rico Suave” by Gerardo

A song describing a visit to a stereotypical Mexican restaurant

#10)  “Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)”

Parody of “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

A song about a washed-up Rocky Balboa (from the series of Rocky movies), who now runs a deli and occasionally beats up on sides of beef

#11)  Japanese ‘bonus track’ of “Eat It” … the karaoke version

Other “Weird Al” food songs not on the above album but should be are:

“Girls Just Want to Have Lunch”, from “Dare to Be Stupid“, Yankovic’s only previously released food-related song not to make the album.

“Waffle King” was also absent from the above release. Though the song was released later in 1993 on “Alapalooza“, it had already been included on the “Smells Like Nirvana” single the year before.

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One More Interesting Note:

Another musical group that appears on the above list quite often is Cibo Matto. The band’s name, Cibo Matto is an Italian phrase that translates to “Crazy Food” and many of the tracks on their albums relate to food… if only in abstract form. The lyrics in their songs are primarily concerned with food, possibly used as a metaphor. Examples of some of their food songs include “Know Your Chicken,” “Apple”, “Birthday Cake,” Sugar Water,” “Artichoke,” “Beef Jerky,” and “White Pepper Ice Cream”.

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A large comprehensive list of drinking songs can be found on a previous post I did last year – Here is the link:

100+ Drinking Songs – I’ll Drink To That!

Boredom Busters: Fun Websites To Checkout When Boredom Strikes

Fun Websites To Checkout When Boredom Strikes

Are you looking for ways to overcome or conquer boredom? We’ve all been there at one time or another. How about ways to pass the time when there seems to be nothing else to do? No one else is around and you want something to entertain you or at least keep your interest for a while and you don’t feel like watching television, reading a book or being too active. Check out the following suggestions of websites to visit with lots of stuff to keep you occupied, amused, aghast or entertained for as long as possible. You should find that most are captivating — Some are unusual – Some may be crude or slightly warped – but no porn since this is a general interest website meant to appeal to as many people as possibleThat being said — there should be something here for everybody and/or all interests.

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Please Note: Additional sites are continually being added over time as interesting, entertaining and unusual ones are being discovered that are worth sharing with you…

Stay Tuned and Keep Checking Back Often!!     ENJOY!! 😛

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Bored.com is a place where you can find endless amounts of entertainment. They have FREE online games, tons of humor categories, quizzes, puzzles, trivia, videos, images, fun activities to do, dumb stuff, blogs, money making ideas, and so much more! This site is updated constantly.

Loaded with jokes (everything imaginable) and videos from big name as well as up and coming comedians . If you think you are an aspiring stand-up comedian, you can even submit your own through the Open Mic Challenge.

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Definitely not a site for the easily offended, weak-hearted or those without at least a little warped sense of humor. Awards have been given for people who “do a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool” (i.e. lose the ability to reproduce either by death or sterilization in a stupid fashion).

Here are the necessary qualifications (so-to-speak)

  1. Inability to reproduce – Nominee must be dead or rendered sterile.
  2. Excellence – Astoundingly stupid judgment.
  3. Self-selection – Cause of one’s own demise.
  4. Maturity – Capable of sound judgment, past the legal driving age, and free of mental defect.
  5. Verifiable – The story must be documented by reliable sources (such as reputable newspaper articles, confirmed television reports, or responsible eyewitnesses). If a story is found to be untrue, it is disqualified, but particularly amusing ones are placed in the urban legend section of the archives.

Actual Examples of Darwin “blue ribbon” award winners include:

☺ Juggling active hand grenades (Croatia, 2001)
☺ – Leaving a lit cigarette in a warehouse full of explosives (Philippines, 1999)
☺ – Jumping out of a plane to film skydivers without wearing a parachute (US, 1987)
☺ – Trying to get enough light to look down the barrel of a loaded muzzleloader gun using a cigarette lighter (US, 1996)
☺ – Using a lighter to illuminate a fuel tank to make sure it contains nothing flammable (Brazil, 2003)
☺ – Attempting to play Russian roulette with a semi-automatic pistol that automatically loads the next round into the chamber or attempting Russian roulette with an unexploded landmine
☺ – Crashing through a window and falling to one’s death in trying to demonstrate that the window is unbreakable

The Darwin Awards: Chlorinating the Gene Pool! – Culling the Herd – Unnatural Selection? – Evolution in Action! — You can actually vote, submit stories and nominate your favorites!

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Cool site updated daily with hilarious videos, jokes, games, audio soundboards, prank calls, links, and forums. Very popular site with a huge following.

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The ultimate “Homework Center” and reference site for kids, parents & teachers – featuring encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac, educational games and teaching tools – loaded with fun facts, games, quizzes,  pop culture awareness, lots of cool stuff and so much more –  geared towards grades K-8

Satirical views on interesting, bizarre and amusing stories, submitted by a community of millions of news junkies, with regular Photoshop (manipulation) contests. Very Funny -Very Addicting – Very Popular – updated daily

The self-proclaimed “Biggest Avatar and Profile Picture On The Net!” — Featuring 1000’s of hot avatars for any forum, website or social network site – Allows you to download for FREE and ‘pimp out’ your profile of some of the coolest and most popular avatars available online and share them with your friends. Be sure to check out the avatar widgets available for your blog also.

Family friendly – Here’s one for the kids – Funology is one of the best places on the Web for kids to find things to do. Not just while you’re sitting at the computer, but anywhere. Things to do by yourself or with your friends, your parents, your pets, anyone. They’ll teach you a million and one ways to make things, explore the world, and discover skills you never knew you had. You’ll use words, numbers, facts, ideas, and objects you find around the house. It’s one place where you’ll never be bored!

Ever wish that you had some kind of device to help lighten up an  awkward moment or get you out of an uncomfortable situation? — Sure you have!! –There are about a dozen or so links to sites offering thousands of cool and fun sound effects for your entertainment pleasure or  your “instant gratification”. Best of all — They’re all FREE — No downloading required for most and minimal downloading for the rest. They run the full gamut from funny to scary, including sounds of animals, applause, people, transportation, sirens, lasers, instruments, household appliances, doors, machines, TV, space, occupational, nature, weather and so forth as well as a whole slew of alarms, bells, beeps, clicks, chimes, screams, whistles and wacky f/x.

So Go Ahead! — Give it a Try! — Indulge A Little! — You know you wanna! 😛

Quite possibly – THEE website for those afflicted by boredom – Loads of viral videos, games, memes, lists and social networking for when you’re bored. Claims to be updated every day so check back often.

Infoplease is the world’s largest free reference site –  Including Encyclopedia, Almanac, Dictionary, Thesaurus, World Atlas, Biographies, Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Business, Health & Science, General Knowledge, History, Timelines, Calendars & Holidays, and the list goes on….. The Daily Almanac special features include: Today in History, Today’s Birthdays, and Word of the Day — Basically a ‘Compendium’ of statistics and up-to-date facts and figures, on everything you need to know.

JibJab is a very popular online humor site with original and user-generated jokes, live videos, flash and other animated videos. Lots to see and do – be creative – make and star in your very own videos and ecards. Watch original award-winning hilarious parody videos. Share with your family and friends.

Extremely popular flash animation site loaded with funny cartoons and videos – and it helps to have a warped sense of humor for maximum enjoyment. Start your day with JoeCartoon and enjoy a dose of funny videos and cartoon characters in this humor-filled off-the-wall site. Enjoy funny pics, games, videos & animation.

Making the web a more useful place, one line at a time — Create your own instantly or search others by popularity or random — Everything imaginable  as well as unimaginable.

The List Universe serves over 4.5 million pages a month to more than 1.5 million readers. They are focused on lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser-known trivia. Every day they present a new unique list in any one of twenty-two different categories, from art to travel.

A reference guide to hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, frauds, tricks, and other forms of deception. Examining dubious claims and mischief of all kinds. You can also test your pop culture literacy by determining which photos are hoaxes and which are real. There’s also a gullibility test you can take just to see how gullible you really are. A must visit for April Fool’s Day but fun to check out year ’round.

Their logo states: “Everything. By Everyone”.  Newgrounds is an American entertainment website as well as a social media website – primarily hosting Adobe Flash animations and games,  but also features a music-oriented page, along with an art portal. Newgrounds is the oldest Flash portal website, and is distinguished by its automated submission and rating system, as it is the first website in history to produce a fully automated user-generated content system — OVERALL — A VERY ENTERTAINING SITE — PS >>> A lot of original Joe Cartoon content has moved over to NewGrounds as of 2010.

One of the largest collection of optical illusions on the net – Search by category, type or highest user-rating – Includes art, pictures, video, words – Some scary, some dizzying, many bizarre, almost all entertaining

The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. It is the best-known resource for validating and/or debunking such stories in American popular culture. Pick a category of interest – Check out the latest scams going around the internet.

Stumbleupon is a social site with a difference – instead of picking the sites you want to see, you tell Stumbleupon what your interests are and a simple click of a button takes you to a random site. This is dangerously addictive!

The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,883 groups with 6,943,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. Have fun!

Ever wonder what the longest or most expensive or largest or fastest or first or last  or coolest [insert item or word] in the world is? You’ve come to the right place to find out… the website with the longest name. Very Addicting — Very Entertaining — Absolutely Tons of Stuff to check out here! Lots of Trivia too!!
“THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Whatever you do – DO NOT PRESS THE RED BUTTON! It could lead to the end of the world… or worse — But you know ya just got to try it… just once… right?? 😛

Find the meaning and origins of over 1200 English phrases, sayings and idioms. Whether you want to resolve a friendly argument over how a saying or phrase originated or whether you just enjoy words, you’ll more than likely find something here to interest you.

REAL FREE SAMPLES! ———- It’s Quite Simply stated on their site… New FREE samples added every single day – FREE stuff in tons of categories

  • No credit card required, EVER!
  • Only 100% real free stuff!
  • No strings attached!
  • No shipping fees!
  • No scams!
  • No spam!

Create your own music and sounds with this cool 3D Sound-visualizer – Basically a simple sine-wave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16-step sequencer. Each triggered step causes a force on the underlying wave-map, which makes it more entertaining and mesmerizing – You gotta see this for yourself — Very Addicting — Fantastically fun to play with – Be prepared to lose track of time.

A cool and yet so simple way to relieve all that pent-up anger or stress you build up sometimes. The object here is quite simple… Click on your favorite celebrity or politician, say someone like Eminem. Up pops a photo of the man (or woman), posing in an obnoxious way. You know it’s two-dimensional, but you begin to feel like he’s giving you dirty looks. Soon your blood boils: “WHAT ARE YOU STARING AT, SLIM SHADY?” you scream. “I’LL SHOW YOU WHO THE REAL ONE IS.” The next thing you know, you’re throwing down the gauntlet and picking up the mouse. You click on his photo like crazy. A right-click here and a right-jab there. You hear a joke “oomph” sound effect come over your speakers and you see his photo distort and warp with every smack. Punch features good sound effects, custom-made for each celebrity (try them all!). Wanna slap the grease paint right off of Ronald McDonald? Go ahead and give him a good BigsMac. And chuckle endlessly when he screeches “Mc Ow!” in response to every hit you land. The silly warping of faces is phenomenal; these contortions are worth the price of admission. Like any good boxing ring, though, there is some curses, sexual innuendos, and scattered drug references on this page so be careful…it’s an R-Rated place to be. This site has been around for quite sometime (celebs may be a little out of date)

Alright, let’s face it…how many times has someone said something to you that you just shook your head about and had no clue what they were saying? Or maybe you’re a parent just trying to figure out or decipher what your children are talking about.  Find out what the latest slang or jargon that you keep hearing actually means… straight from the source. The Urban Dictionary is one of the fastest growing websites around. Almost 5 million definitions listed here since their inception more than 10 years ago! — Urban Dictionary is the dictionary written by you! — Define Your World! — Check it out today!

Featuring “Stuff You Never Needed To Know But Your Life Would Be Incomplete Without”. Talking about random, off-the-wall and totally unrelated subject matter, this site has it all – amazing, amusing, absurd, weird, disturbing, educational, stupid….. Check ’em out and get caught up in the new stuff you’ll learn about.

VeryFunnyAds.com is a website about — you guessed it — very funny ads. The TV commercials on this site are some of the funniest from around the world. They’ve even got a few that were too sexy to be aired in the United States. New and funny commercials are constantly being added all the time, so keep checking back.

If you’re a Sudoku addict, you can create your own custom games at this FREE site. You can choose to play offline and you can even create your own printable Sudoku ebook.

Let your creativity and imagination loose with this very cool and fun imaging program.

You may be asking yourself — What is 3DTextMaker.com???
Well — It’s an online 3D text banner creation tool. This unique tool is completely available to use online — nothing to download or install. Better yet, it’s ABSOLUTELY FREE — no prepaid tokens or subscriptions.

What can I do with 3DTextMaker.com?
Create your own 3D text banners! Choose a font, colorize it, size it, and “jazzercise” it — then save it and take it with you. You name it and you can do it!

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Need a few more ideas?

OK Then!! — Check out these perennial favorites and see if these do anything for ya… 😛

Popular FREE Game Sites

Lots of awesome web-based game choices here covering lots of genres… Action — Adventure — Arcade — Board Games — Classic Old School — Casino — Puzzle — Shooting — Sports — Strategy — Life & Style

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Movie & TV Preview & Trailer Sites

Watch movie and television previews and trailers as well as new DVD release teasers at these FREE sites:

View the latest movie trailers for many current and upcoming releases. Many trailers are available in high-quality HD, iPod, and iPhone versions.

ComingSoon.net provides movie trailers, upcoming movies, TV, release dates, DVDs, videos and more. Get a sneak peek at box office hits and independent titles, with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Popular FREE Video Sites

And then of course there is the immensely popular FREE Video Sites featuring the following all-time favorites…

YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email. Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.

Hulu is an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips anytime you care to watch them. Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from nearly 190 leading content companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, ABC, Comedy Central, ABC Family, Biography, Lionsgate, Endemol, MGM, MTV Networks, National Geographic, Digital Rights Group, Paramount, PBS, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and more. Users can choose from more than 1,700 current primetime TV hits such as The Simpsons, 30 Rock, LOST, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Office the morning after they air; classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The A-Team, Airwolf and Married…with Children; movies like Last of the Mohicans and Basic Instinct; documentaries like Super Size Me, Crawford and The Times of Harvey Milk; and clips from Saturday Night Live; web originals like Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dorm Life; and other popular TV shows and movies.

  • Ustream

Ustream is the leading live interactive broadcast platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage their audience in a meaningful, immediate way. Unlike previous webcasting technology, Ustream uses a one-to-many model, which means that the user can broadcast to an audience of unlimited size. Ustream’s platform has been used to broadcast everything from high school sporting events to Hollywood movie premieres, and people are finding new and innovative uses for it every day.

Whether viewing exclusive live events like Ustream All Access with Snoop Dogg or exploring Ustream’s networks for recorded live content ranging from music to talk shows to sports and politics, Ustream is all about premium content. It opens up a new world of possibilities and experiences to broadcasters and viewers alike, which the pre-recorded static video that’s predominated the Internet to date just can’t provide. Today, people are Ustreaming everything including:

  • Major political events such as debates, speeches, rallies
  • Talk shows
  • Movie premieres and ‘red carpet events’
  • Concerts
  • School and business events and training
  • Conferences
  • Sporting events
  • Personal milestones such as holiday gatherings, weddings, graduations, parties, even births
  • Interactive games for viewers to watch or join

The website has over 2,000,000 registered users who generate 1,500,000+ hours of live streamed content per month with over ten million unique hits per month.

This popular video portal gives you access to tens of millions of videos anytime you wish. Veoh is a revolutionary online video service that gives users the power to easily discover, watch, and personalize their entertainment viewing experience. With a simple broadband connection Veoh gives you free access to all of the great TV and film studio content, independent productions, and user-generated videos on the Web. From hit series on CBS, ABC, MTV Networks to content from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and ESPN to your favorite YouTube clips, Veoh turns the vast universe of Internet video into an easy-to-use, high-quality, personalized experience that entertainment fans everywhere can enjoy. Veoh’s powerful search capabilities and recommendations engine help you easily find videos that you want to watch as well as discover content you didn’t know existed. And it is all in one place on Veoh.com. All the online content you want to watch and smart search that knows what you like – that’s Veoh.

Metacafe is one of the world’s largest video sites, attracting more than 40 million unique viewers each month. They specialize in short-form original content – from new, emerging talents and established Hollywood heavyweights alike. They’re also committed to delivering an exceptional entertainment experience.

Metacafe is not a video sharing and hosting site that allows any and every video to be posted. Instead, Metacafe is a video entertainment site that focuses on:

Short-form – Metacafe specializes in short-form original video – content that is made for the interactive Internet medium. The average video on this site is just over 90 seconds long. People come to Metacafe looking for an entertainment break in their day.

Entertainment – They’re all about entertaining a large audience by featuring only those videos that amaze, inspire and make viewers laugh. This means you won’t find hard news stories, personal videos or webcam chatter on Metacafe.

Audience-driven – The Metacafe experience is determined entirely by the community. Videos are user-generated, user-selected, user-reviewed and user-rewarded. At Metacafe, they put the audience in the driver’s seat, empowering viewers in a much more meaningful way than other video sites.

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And One For The Road…

Couldn’t resist just one more pathetic attempt to get attention for the really bored as well as  easily amused person (most likely for guys) – Check out this site … if you dare … the name says it all.

Claims to be the web’s largest source of bathroom humor – with all the visuals and sound f/x of farting, pooping, peeing, burping, vomiting and more.

Amazing Ability of The Human Mind

The human mind is incredibly amazing….. and powerful as well if put to a test.

Speaking of tests…..

Try reading the following paragraph and see if you have any problem in doing so – Good Luck!

Were you able to do so without too much effort or hesitation?

Research has proven that the average person can read this with little effort – but only if the first and last letter are placed in the proper order.

Amzanig — ins’t it?

yaeh….. and I awlyas thuohgt slpeling was ipmorant 😛

Fun Family Attractions In The Pacific Northwest

Are you looking for some fun adventures or activities to enjoy with the whole family when boredom strikes or on you next excursion, vacation, weekend getaway or day trip in Oregon, Washington or Idaho? There is definitely no shortage of things to do in the Pacific Northwest that the whole family can enjoy together. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’ve come to the right place for a preview of what’s out there to enjoy with the kids. Here you will find a fairly comprehensive directory and guide to family oriented adventures, amusements and attractions in the Pacific Northwest. The following listings include, but are not necessarily limited to, amusement parks, family fun centers, water parks, wildlife parks, zoos aquariums, guided tours, “hands-on” interactive children’s museums, kid’s activity centers, family-oriented museums, exceptional parks, go-karts, train rides, miniature golf, larger arcades, ticket redemption centers, “soft-play” (bounce house type) indoor play centers, a few laser tag arenas, a few exceptional paintball arenas, a few aquatic centers that feature waterslides or water features, caverns that offer tours, winter resorts that offer snow-play attractions, and also unusual or unique attractions that may be geared towards kids or those that may appeal to all ages within the family or group. I’m also fully aware that there are bound to be additional attractions out there that I may not be aware of yet but would appreciate your input in letting me know those favorites of yours that I haven’t included yet. None-the-less, this should give you a decent selection of  places to check out before planning your next weekend getaway, road trip or family vacation.

I strongly encourage you to check out the individual attraction’s websites before planning a visit as quite a few of these listings are seasonal and subject to reduced hours  or days open – also there are a few requiring appointments or reservations in advance. Most will charge an admission or entrance fee… bearing in mind that virtually every one of these do have overhead expenses that keep them in business, or operating properly – while some are non-profit and depend upon public support (suggested donations) or funding of some sort to keep their doors open.  A few are even free of charge or have discounted admission days or times.

This will be an on-going update for the next few weeks… or longer… as time allows for me to continue verifying information and adding more.

Any omissions you may find or suggestions are welcome and encouraged as this will be continuously updated for quite some time yet.

Get out there and enjoy some of these with your family and/or friends! 🙂

*You should find these to be quite accurate and up-to-date (as of mid-February/2010) as I have personally verified each and every website individually before their inclusion in this post.


Idaho – Fun Family Attractions

Oregon – Fun Family Attractions

* Oregon Skateboard Parks – Skate Oregon

Washington – Fun Family Attractions

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*** More attractions are always being added so keep checking back from time to time. Also, your suggestions about missing or left-out “family-type” amusements and attractions are always welcome. Please drop me a comment.

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More Fun Family Attractions can be found in the link(s) below:

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How Do You Rank Among The World’s Richest People?

Have you ever wondered how you rank among the world’s richest people?

As a society, we are obsessed with riches and wealth. But unfortunately, we gauge how rich we are by looking at those around us who have more than us. This tends to lower our self-esteem and makes us feel poorer than we actually are.

Each year we tend to gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in world… simply wondering what it would feel to have that sort of expendable cash flow. But where would you rank on one of those lists? Here’s your chance to find out.

The two calculator web links below can help put things in perspective for you. It gives you a fairly accurate estimate of where you rank based on your annual income. The calculations are based on the income figures from the world research data by specific scientific groups.

These calculators linked below might help you understand, in real terms, just where you stand on a worldwide basis. If you’re reading this blog there is a good chance you’re a lot better off than you might think… you may realise that you’re actually a part of that “privileged minority”. Hopefully, this might even help you feel better and may just help strengthen your self-esteem a little bit.

Just enter your annual income into the provided field and hit the  ’show me the money’ button.

You’ll Know The Current Recession Is Over When…

You’ll Know The Current Recession Is Over…..

  • When lines at the unemployment office are shorter than the lines at the gas station.
  • When you don’t have 100 or more people competing for one open job position.
  • When your mailbox gathers more unsolicited credit card offers than payday loan offers..
  • When the amount you make on commission at work is more than you pay your baby-sitter.
  • When you can no longer count mail-in rebates as income.
  • When you stop bringing your own drinks, candy and munchies to the “bargain matinee” movies.
  • When you get that empty room back again after your college-aged (or older) son or daughter find a job and move out.
  • When you have a retail or online business and you no longer need more storage space to put things that you can’t sell.
  • When there are more car ads on television than ads for depression meds.
  • When you can finally put your house back on the market for more than it’s actually worth.
  • When family or friends stop calling for a “small favor”… which actually turns out to mean a “small loan”.
  • When patients at their psychiatrist appointment go back to talking about how much they hate their mother-in-law, rather than how much they hate the government for getting them into this financial mess.
  • When people stop trying to cram their lives/possessions into a single “carry-on” tote to avoid that $20+ checked baggage fee.
  • When you can afford the fuel to fill your lawnmower again and put the goat back to pasture.

Celebrating The Year of The Tiger In 2010

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

The Chinese New Year… also known as the Lunar New Year can be traced back as far as 2600 BC, when Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

The first day of the New Year, because of cyclical lunar dating,  can fall anywhere from late January to the middle of February. This year, 2010, on the Chinese calendar is Lunar Year 4708.

On the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on Sunday, February 14, 2010 — The Year of the Tiger. This year, the date has special significance since it also happens to fall on Valentine’s Day making it a doubly auspicious day to celebrate in the Western World.

‘Tiger’ Traits

If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 or 1998 – you were born under the sign of the tiger in the Chinese Zodiac. That indicates that you tend to be a very caring and thoughtful person. You also tend to be quite vocal on knowing the best way to make right what is wrong with our society, and quite capable of defending your family, friends and loved ones against all enemies.

The sign of the tiger also indicates that any recent setbacks or obstacles can be overcome with a little effort and perseverance, so look forward to a year in which to really shine… personally, professionally or both.

Famous People Born Under the ‘Sign of the Tiger

Famous people born under the sign of the Tiger include Sheryl Crow, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Dickinson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jay Leno, Karl Marx, Marilyn Monroe, Marco Polo, Beatrix Potter, Queen Elizabeth II, and Jon Stewart.

Chinese New Year Customs & Traditions

Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-year cycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

A Family Affair Celebration

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors. The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who had passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.

Lantern Festival Festivities

Happy New Year!