Gong Xi Fa Cai!
We are having a long weekend off school this weekend, due to the Chinese New Year that is happening tomorrow. We are going into the Year of the Tiger.
The Chinese (or Lunar) New Year, is the biggest holiday of the year for the Chinese and can probably best be compared to our Christmas, and that's not just because of the red colour. ;) More because it's all about family and food!
Every year for New Year, the Chinese return to their homes to celebrate with family. It's important to clean the houses thoroughly and every corner of the home gets decorated in red. For Chinese the colour red equals prosperity and happiness. New clothes are often bought to wear especially for New Year and other important parts of the celebration is fireworks and ang paows (red envelopes).
We will be celebrating this New Year at the Yacht Club on Monday, with some lion dancing. Last year we saw that on the kids' hash, and it was great, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it again!