As the world celebrate the Chinese New Year, we can witness a lot of hustle and bustle around us. Chinese people consider this the most important traditional holiday. It’s one of the most colorful events in the calendar. The date is different each year but is always between January 21st and February 20th. The celebration continues for around 2 weeks. Traditionally, new year activities may start as early as three weeks before but a week before is more common. People take on the streets teeming with beautiful ornaments and decorations, light illumination, fireworks display and traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a festive dinner and drink a toast on New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year. This is a time where relatives from other places would come and visit their family to be reunited on this special holiday. Children would receive red envelopes stuffed with “luck money” and positive wishes. They also clean their houses to sweep away the bad fortune on New Year’s Day. This is believed to be a superstition but even non-Chinese people are also practicing this custom. There is no harm in trying, anyway. Another prevalent custom is to make a resolution for the year ahead. It would be a good reminder as we turn over a new leaf to see if it has really been successful or not. Chinese people also believes in fortune telling. I sure am that fortune tellers will be having a handful at this time of year as there will be a lot of people that will seek their wisdom about the future.
Since I am working in a Taiwanese company (they are basically Chinese), we will be having a 3-day holiday as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. It will be a good opportunity for me to do some stuff at home and to spend some time with my daughters. There will be some activities in the mall nearby so we will be watching it over the weekend. My daughters would love to see the Lion Dance. We also love to celebrate the festivities of the Chinese New Year.
So cheers to the Chinese New Year!