Gung Hay Fat Choy …Cantonese
Gong ki Fa Cai…………Mardarian
Means…..Wishing You Happiness and Prosperity !!
Today is a New Moon and the start of Chinese New Year. Each year we share with you the traditions and stories from this ancient culture. Each day I will share the significance and meaning behind the 15 day Celebration
Tonight is New Years Eve
Here are some Famous Taboos…………..
1. Do not use knives or scissors on New Year’s Day, as this may cut off your fortune.
2. Shooting off firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year.
3.On the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, every door in the house is opened,and even windows.Opening the doors and windows allows the old year to leave.
4.It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom. Everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.
5.Everyone should refrain from using foul language and bad or unlucky words. Negative terms and the word “four” (Ssu), which sounds like the word for death, are not to be uttered.
6.Death and dying are never mentioned and ghost stories are totally taboo. References to the past year are also avoided as everything should be turned toward the New Year and a new beginning.
See You Tommorrow