Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival was celebrated on 14 February 2010 this year. This is the most important celebration amongst the Chinese. It is also commonly known as Chinese New Year in Malaysia. Chinese New Year festival begins on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and ends on the fifteenth day. The fifteenth day is called Chap Goh Mei.
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions.
Preparation for Chinese New Year includes thorough cleaning of the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hope of making way for incoming good fortune. Decorating the house with ornaments that signify happiness, properity, wealth and longevity. Shopping for new clothes to start the new year and preparation of food stuff.
The most significant event is the reunion dinner held on the eve of Chinese New Year. An elaborate meal serving all sorts of meat, seafood and vegetable is prepared to be shared with the entire family. Family members travel from near and far to just to partake in this last meal of the year.
The Chinese New Year day starts with children wishing their parents a healthy and happy new year. In return, the children are given money in red paper envelopes, called angpow. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile; forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.
Wishing all my friends "Gong Xi Fa Cai"