Kung Hai Fat Choi...
As alien residents of China for over a decade, we tend to live and consider ourselves as one of the locals. We can speak their language although not as fluent as we hoped to be and begun to love their foods and enjoy the lifestyle that only the mainland could possibly give…Throughout the years we were able to accumulate and establish good relationships with our kind-hearted Chinese friends, associates and colleagues. We even celebrate their glory, cry on their defeat and begun to embrace their traditions just like the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
We are one among those who are excited because China and all the Chinese people all over the world shall celebrate the New Year this coming Jan. 26, 27, and 28.. These however are just the official dates but basically, chinese here in the mainland shall celebrate the Lunar New Year within 15 days..
The Chinese New Year is an event where families gather together for thanksgiving and traditionally highlighted with the ceremony given in honor of gods of Heaven and Earth. And during the family gatherings, they highly acknowledge the spirit of their ancestors as well as the presence of the elderly by arranging sumptuous array of native foods and delicacies. They basically prepare communal feast to symbolize family unity..
Prior to the celebration, the Chinese families decorate their homes with vases of blooming plants and flowers, platters of oranges, tangerines and a candy tray with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit. Their walls and doors are decorated with red paper decors with happy wishes written on it.
We had our home decorated with all of these.. I had our door and wall decorated with prosperity symbols like Jie Cai Ceng as represented by the above characters. Myself and pa had bought a small tangerine tree with lots fruits and decorate the branches with red envelopes with some coins inside. I actually placed 5 coins each envelopes to signify each member of the 2L3Bs..
Kung Hei Fat Choi everyone!!