February 22, 2018
As we mentioned last week, Chinese New Year is an event that is celebrated across the world! This Saturday, Marlborough Mall will be hosting our very own Chinese New Year celebrations! Don't know much about the New Year? Not to worry, here's a few facts to help shed some light on this amazing celebration! If you missed last weeks blog, check it out here for the full introduction to Chinese New Year!
1. The phrase 'Happy New Year' in Chinese is "Xin Nian Kuai Le". You can also say "Gung Hei Fat Choi" which wishes one another to have good fortune.
2. The celebration decorations are mostly in red because red is the symbol of happiness, wealth and prosperity, and can ward off evil spirits and bring good luck in Chinese culture. Houses are decorated with red lanterns, and red paper cuttings; city streets are lit up by red lanterns; and numerous people are dressed in red
3. The main celebrations usually begin with a family gathering and meal on the eve of the Spring Festival. A typical meal includes Traditional foods include fish, which is served at the end of the New Year’s meal and symbolizes abundance, and a sticky fruitcake called Neen Gow or Nian Gow
4. It is a tradition for younger family members to receive gifts of cash from older relatives, rather than wrapped presents; the money is generally given in a red envelope, to reinforce the positive feeling and it’s called “Red Pocket”
5. The two weeks of celebrations usually end with the Spring Lantern Festival; on the eve of the 15th day, families and friends again come together to eat and to put up lanterns or release them into the skies. The traditional Chinese Lantern Festival plays a prominent part within the new year tradition. Strewn through neighborhood streets and marketplaces; these bright symbols of hope mark the return of better days as winter finally retreats -- and spring moves forward!
Join us this Saturday to celebrate Chinese New Year at Marlborough Mall! Similar to last year, we will have the Kugekai Lion Dance group performing! In addition, we will also be hosting a paper lantern arts station for the kids and the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association will be on site playing traditional games and showcasing a few traditional garments from 1 - 3 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
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