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Gong Xi Fa Cai – The year of the Dragon

January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

I’m going to make the most of the next 15 days of celebration (Yes, we extend the celebration beyond the 10 second countdown) especially now that Lily is more aware of what’s going on around her (unlike last year).

So if you want to share in the festivities you should join me in:

  • Visiting your local Chinatown as there should be plenty of  lion dancing (check out these tigers dancing below),  fire crackers and special food on offer.
  • Spending time with family members (parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins etc) and eating a nice chinese meal with them to toast the year of the dragon.
  • For the next two weeks, you are allowed to be frivolous, fancy and ‘showy’ with your outfits. Bling is encouraged.
  • Wishing the younger generation a happy new year. Spending time to really listen and maybe give a bit of advice *.
  • And if you haven’t already done so, the 15 days is really about having time to catch up with family/ good friends, sharing some nibbles and drinks (sounds familiar???) to wish them all the best for the year of the dragon.
Hope the year of the Dragon brings lots of prosperity and joy to you all!

 

* It’s Chinese custom to give ang pow (red envelopes with money inside) to people who are younger and unmarried during Chinese New Year as presents. You only do this once you are married as you are now a ‘respectable’ person in society and are obligated to help your younger peers (i.e the future generation) to becoming ‘respectable’ people themselves.

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