At 12:01am on January 29, 2006 the Chinese World will usher in the Year of The Dog. At that point the year 4704 will begin on the Chinese calendar.
Chinese New Year is the most important holiday of the year for the Chinese. The Chinese will settle all the debts they can, buy oranges for good luck and kumquat trees to decorate their homes, and clean the house. There will be a family feast, and the older people will give little red packets of luck money (ang paus) to the youngsters. Usually there is a parade, including lion and dragon dances, stilt walkers, floats and acrobats. And there is noise: fireworks at midnight, gongs, drums and cymbals at the parade.
For me it means 4 days off and a slow week without teaching next week!!! Yay!
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Year of the Dog to you all, and don’t be surprised if I don’t answer the phone…. zzzzzzzzz.