Sunday, January 29, 2006

Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog.

For people of Chinese ethinic origin, Chinese New Year is the major event of the year. In countries where there is a sizeable population of Chinese, there will always be that familiar ring of "Kong Hee Fatt Choy", "Xin Nian Kuai Le", wishing one another another year of prosperity and good fortune, with Happy New Year and every good returns.

In Vancouver, one would have thought that with a large Asian community, the atmosphere will be wonderful as well. It is different. Depending on where one lives, there are 'pockets' of greetings. There is a big difference. Not many people are even aware that today is Chinese New Year Day 1. CTV last night screened a little of the countdown at Chinatown's International Village. This is so different compared to a pervasive atmosphere back in countries like China, HK, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and many other large Chinese communities around the world.

I miss the family and friends where we would enjoy the full 15 days of celebrations, chatting, eating and simply enjoying the togetherness. The festive spirit need people of like mind and interest to spread. I think of Bak Kuah (groan), pineapple tarts (groan), peanut candy (groan), waxed duck (groan), lo-hei (groan), and of course 'ang pows'!

At least, for the net surfer, when one goes to, one can see the LUNAR NEW YEAR 2006 with a dog image. That is great.

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