January 28, 2006

Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! (May you have wealth and prosper!)
Another Chinese New Year in Asia, this time in Taiwan, the last one was in Singapore. And again got sick. Last time it was dengue fever, this time it is just flu. But let's write about positive...
According to Lunar calendar, Chinese New Year holiday comes between late January and late February. And every year has its animal sign, so this year is a year of the Dog. Companies hold end-of-year dinners with some celebrations just before it. Employees get their bonuses additional to their salaries. Those living in the city gather with their families in their hometowns.

There is a tradition of offering red envelopes (of course with some cash inside) to younger ones/hosts/employees/etc.

Another tradition is to give 2 oranges for others. Here orange refers to gold, so it's kinda wishing prosperity for them. interesting, right? :)

It is a family holiday for chinese, all families and relatives gather together and have reunion dinners and pray for and remember their ancestors. It's a 3 day holiday, but this year holiday extends to 9 days including weekends, wohoo! On the other side, it is a big blow for many buisnesses here.

Plan for Chinese new Year Holiday;

In Taipei, you can't see many people around, many shops are closed, life seemed stopped. Just some firecrackers around disturb the silence time to time. So we decided to get out of the city.
We gonna rent a van, big bunch of 7 international gang, and travel around Taiwan for 5 days, almost whole tour; Taipei - Hualien - Pingtung - Kenting - Kaoshiung - Taichung - Taipei. Arrival of Ilter from Turkey is the biggest event for tomorrow, he is here for his traineeship at Sinbon. So he will join too. It's gonna be great roadtrip just before my departure. soooooo excited...


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Blogger Elmo Wen said...

I thought Oranges refers to Luck since it sounds like "luck" in Chinese. I don't think it really refers to Gold or some fortunes??

I think I am right. :)
Don't doubt my Taiwanese traditional knowledge.

January 31, 2006 8:09 AM  

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