Chinese New Year 2011


GONG XI FATT CHAI!

Wishing all our readers and friends, a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year, a day which is celebrated by Chinese all over the world. It is a time of joy, exchange of gifts and Lion dances.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, everybody will be dresses in new clothes, usually red. Children would greet their parents “Gong Xi Fatt Chai“, and get a red packet (ang pow) in return. The first day is normally spent at our parents house, where friends and relatives would visit. The better part of the day would be spent passing out red packets and exchanging news.

Dragon Dance

Dragon Dance during Chinese New Year 2011

On the first day of Chinese New Year, we always have a lion dance. And what started out as a pair of lions has grown to 18 lions in the past few years. Often times, the troupe master will add dragons or unicorns into the dance. Since this is an open house, we can see people from all over the neighborhood dropping by to see the show.

In Sabah, Chinese New Year is a public holiday and this year it is celebrated on the 3rd and 4th February 2011. The celebrations normally extend for 1 week, and Chinese New Year does not end until the 15th day. So don’t be surprised if many businesses take a week long break during this holiday. Not to worry if you find yourself in Sabah during this holiday, most modern businesses will still be opened. And with Lions, Unicorns and Dragons roaming the street, it might be even more interesting.

Well, I am off to Tawau tomorrow for a week long holiday with my family. Stay tuned for more.

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