Since some decades ago, both Chinese and Western festivals are clearly reminded by the decorations in large shopping malls. Following the removal of Christmas decorations are always giant figures of lion dances and the God of Wealth. These two weeks, we cannot escape but realize that Lunar Chinese New Year is approaching.
I have started preparing everything for Lunar New Year, like picking up New Year candies and snacks, cleaning my home, dying and trimming my hair, taking out new bank notes for red packets and so on. We are always busy around this time of the year, but the festival also gives us an excuse to refresh ourselves, to thoroughly clean up where we spend most of our time on, and to get together with friends and family whom we may not often see.
When we meet one another at Lunar New Year, we exchange blessings. We mostly hear ‘gong hei fat choy’, which means ‘wishing you prosperity and wealth’, but personally, I like ‘ng fok lam mun’ better, as it means ‘may five types of fortune come to your door’ and the five types of fortune are ‘longevity, wealth, health, a kind-hearted personality and a good ending of the life’. I think this is a more all-round blessing and such a life brings long-lasting happiness.