Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is celebrated with family reunions, and marked as a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. It is a time to thank the gods for their blessings. The New Year was celebrated on this past February 10th.
Traditionally, families make great preparations for the changing of the year. Prior to the new year, families settle their debts and purchase new clothes, houses are cleaned and feasts are prepared.
It is common to see homes filled with flowers and fruit, including oranges, tangerines, and pomeloes. Their colours symbolize good luck and joy. Flower blossoms symbolize longevity and courage.
Some Chinese believe that if flowers blossom on New Year's Day good fortune will be theirs for the next year. Trays filled of candied melon, coconut, lotus seed and watermelon seed are served.
Seven days into the New Year everyone adds a year to their age regardless of when they were born. In traditional China individual birthdays were not considered as important as this New Year's date.
Here are wishes for growth, good health, abundance and togetherness, happiness, love and prosperity.
May everything be according to your wishes. Happy New Year! Gung Hay Fat Choy!
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