恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)!!!
I know the wish has come four days late (the Chinese New Year aka the Lunar New Year was actually on 19th of February this year). But guess what, it isn’t over yet! The Lunar new year is a fifteen days long celebration and family time, also known as the Spring Festival; hence I am not late, technically :D
This is perhaps the best time of the year to visit China or any country that has Chinese Influence like Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore because this is the time when the beautiful small lanes in these countries are donned in red and spirit of jubilation and this year it is also about the Sheep/Goat/Ram. The Lunar year always has a Chinese zodiac associated with it, and this year it is the year of sheep or goat. Sheep or Yáng according to Chinese zodiac are lovable and remind people of good and beautiful things, hence the year of the Sheep is believed to be year of good fortune. Along with this I learnt about some really interesting things about the Chinese culture and their New Year celebration when I had visited the China Town in Kuala Lumpur and Jonker Street in Melaka, Malaysia.
– I had not visited these places during the Chinese New Year (not happy about
it!!!), but still these streets were all red – Red Lanterns. Our guide Jeevan told
us, red is the colour of fire and symbolizes joy and good fortune and what we saw
was not even half the amount of red decorations they have during the spring
|The Bright Red Lanterns in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur|
|Notice the small Jade Green Dragon!|
|An Ancestral Shrine in Melaka|
|Family Means a lot more to the Chinese|
|One of the many old Chinese Houses in Jonker, Melaka|