Gong Hei Fat Choi. I wish everybody good health and good fortune and your every wish comes true etc. You might think I'm going bananas because new years was like more than a month ago, remember when we did the countdown at Times Square? Well of cos that happened but Im talkin about the CHINESE new year which follows the luna calender (old traditional calender that not a lot of people follow no more). Well it was Chinese New Year yesterday and Im actually in
Hong Kong right now celebrating it with relatives, since I'm kinda white washed from living in Australia most of the time, some traditions are interesting to me, some kinda make sense but most of them are just weird. Let me give you guys a few examples! Let this be an educational journal entry for those who wants to learn a thing or two about Chinese New Year. You can call me Professor Ry or Sir or darling. No monkey business.
Best thing about this holiday (yes its a holiday) is that you get 'red pockets', they are given by married couples to the young lonely people who are not married, aka me. And inside is of course monkey! I mean money! It can range from $20hkd to $500hkd ($2 usd - $50 usd) depending on how close you are to said person as well as how generous you are, if you are super unfamiliar to the certain someone but wanna give them a pocket anyway, you can give them $10hkd (about $1 usd). Its also considered bad luck to put in coins, so always put in notes. You will soon realise many of the dos and donts are related to good luck and bad luck, the chinese are kinda superstitious. Then you can use the money to buy Pokemon cards, I actually prefer if they just put the Pokemon cards inside the red pocket, saves me the trouble you know?
Get out your gloves and mop and Shamwow because the day before New Years you have to clean the house! Thats right get busy! You also need to wash yourself to welcome the New Years for good luck, thats the mon
to success. Its something about starting anew. I also like to clean my mind, since its usually gutter trash.
Wish people good things. So after you recieved a red pocket or just meeting somone, you have to put your hands together like you are praying and shake it a bit, then say nice wishful things to the other person, the usual things like wishing them great health, earn lots of money this year, earn lots by not working hard (i hate that one), stay pretty etc. To the more unusual ones like wish you have a llama wife and wish you defeat the zombie apocalypse... Mmm actually I think Im the only one who wishes such things to people.
Wear red undies! This tradition is kinda dying out but some people still follow it, I dont have any red undies myself. But I did spill some tomato sauce on my pants during breakfast, does that count?
Watch a happy movie at the cinemas on New Years day, ok THIS tradition might be just something my aunty does, but every year she likes to take us to watch a comedy movie, sure enough we did that this year too, we watched Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 Road Chip, it was better than I expected, but I had low expectations.. Oh also we watched it in Chinese, yes it felt odd hearing white folks speaks chinese, it felt like I was watching Steven Seagal.
Theres still many more traditions but I gota head out. So this will do for now sorry ^^' maybe I will add more later when I come back! Happy new year anywayss. Btw its year of the monkey, hence the ape puns.
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