Chinese New Year wishes - Red is a symbol of good fortune
Chinese New Year is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia.
It is celebrated in January or February in many countries around the world. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 25.
It is an important public holiday for many countries including China, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
What is Chinese New Year?
This important date on the Chinese calendar has been celebrated for many centuries. During the festivities, ancestors are honoured and traditional ceremonies are held where people get together and welcome the new year with customs that shall bring good luck, good fortune, wealth, prosperity, and happiness.
The spring festival festivities for the new year take 15 days in most countries.
The new year is often celebrated with dragon dances, lion dances, gift exchanging and fireworks.
It ends typically with lantern festivals on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The Pingxi Sky Festival is celebrated in Taiwan every year to end the new year’s festivities.
Red is a popular color in China because it is believed to symbolize good fortune.
What is Ang Bao?
A hongbao (or ang pow in Hokkien) is a gift of money packed into a red packet. Red is considered a symbol of energy, luck, life, and happiness.
Hongbaos are given as tokens of good wishes during auspicious occasions such as Chinese New Year and weddings Wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers.
Siblings, Leah, Jason and Mylin Liang from Vincent are looking forward to the Chinese New Year (CNY) on Saturday.
“Even though it is much more celebrated in Asian countries, it is a time for thanksgiving, family reunions and being together to cherish our culture,” says Leah.
Leah (19), a second-year Acturial Science student at the Stellenbosch University recalls memories of how she and her brother celebrated CNY in Taiwan in 2013.
Jason (18) will join his sister at Stellenbosch University, where he will begin his first year pursuing his computer science degree.
He will miss spending CNY with his family as he leaves on Wednesday, January 22 for orientation at the university.
Mylin (12) who attends Hudson Park Primary School is a big K-Pop fan and is particularly looking forward to receiving her Hongbao (money received in a red envelope, usually given by adults to children as a token of good wishes).
“I would like to say Xie-Xie (thank you) to my parents for all they do for me and to my Jiejie (sister) and Gege (brother) for caring for me,” concluded Mylin.
Together, they wish their family and friends, Gong Xi Fai Ca (Wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year).
Jilan Moldenhauer usually celebrates Chinese New Year with her family. She has her sister, Yu Lan Rao, and brother, Yong Zai Gao who are also based in East London.
“I look forward to having dumplings with my family on Chinese New Year, we all get together to celebrate. I wish everyone celebrating much prosperity and happiness,” she added. Originally from North China, Jilan is well settled in East London for the past 14 years.
Morgan’s Bay resident, Alicia Steyn pictured with her daughters, Isabella (2) and Lilly (5), travel at least once a week to East London for shopping.
“We enjoy shopping here at China Mall. You can find everything and it is affordable. We wish the Chinese community a Happy Chinese New Year and we hope that they enjoy their celebrations during this auspicious time,” she concluded.
Adil Mehmood, owner of Global Cell is formerly from Pakistan and has been doing business at China Town since its inception, eight years ago.
“I have my business here from the time China Town opened and I am very happy and enjoy working here. My fellow Chinese colleagues are very nice and friendly, I like to work with them and would like to wish them much prosperity and a happy Chinese New Year.
Ntombezicelo Kana is an avid shopper at China Mall in Beacon Bay and travels from Mdantsane to shop whenever she has time.
“I enjoy shopping here, it is safe and there is no chaos. It is easy to find things and I am glad that we have a China Mall. I would like to wish the Chinese community a Happy Chinese New Year. Thank you for being here and providing a service. They do their business and sell the best products, I like that,” she concluded.