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Kung Hei Fat Choi, Year of the Ox

Article Summary   by:rnmorales_08     Original Author: rnmorales_08
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STARTING THE YEAR RIGHT:

According to a Chinese proverb, New Year's day signifies the rebirth of all creations. hence, celebrating Chinese New Year is synonymous to celebrating change! Since the date of the Chinese New Year is based on solar and lunar movements, it is different every year. However, this usually happens either in January of February.

To help catch your fortune, here's the list what to do before and during the Chinese New Year celebration:

ON NEW YEAR'S EVE:

1. Clean the house. Sweep the floor and throw away those things that remind you of a bad past.
2. Cut your nails.
3. Settle youe debts.
4. Make up with those you have conflicts with.
5. Prepare 13 round fruits.
6. Have those red money envelopes ( Ang Pao) ready.
7. Pay respect to household gods and to your cestors.

ON NEW YEAR'S DAY:

1. Decorate with things that symbolize good fortune. For instance, use the color gold and orange or bright red for wealth and happiness respectively.
2. Each child should be given two ang pao as a means to pass on goodluck to their generation.
3. Do not clean your house or sweep your floor.
4. Do not greet those who are in mourning.
5. Do not anything black.
6. Do not talk about death or even say a word "FOUR" as it is synonymous to death.
7. Do not lend or borrow money.

However, one fact remains. We can all do something to make this year work well for each of us. As to how we can go about achieving that, it takes a more meaningful look at ourselves and what we really intend to become.
Published: January 26, 2009   
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