11 February, 2008

Kung Hei Fat Choi !!!

A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s day. The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change ... out with the old and in with the new!
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February.

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time.

The Year of the Rat was ushered last week.

The first of the twelve years is the Year of the Rat. This is followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.

All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.

This is a time of the year when festivities abound and the whole of Hongkong is an absolute riot of colours. Flowers, festoons, traditional lion and dragon dances, little red packets of lai see ..... celebrations abound.

This year too, there were the traditional Lion and Dragon dances in our apartment complex - accompanied by the traditional Chinese drums and cymbals.

I'll leave it to the pictures to say the rest.

Hongkong, during the past week, was indeed a celebration of vibrant, passionate colours.

Cheers to a new year !!!

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7 voice(s) said so:

~nm said...

Wow! What colorful and beautiful pics! It really seems that it is celebrated with big pomp and show!

DotMom said...

spectacular pictures!!! what a rior of color! The rat story is very amusing.. what a smart rat.. there's a lot to learn.. thanks for sharing this beautiful cultural tid bit! I learnt someting new today!

Preethi said...

wow.. looks so beautiful and vibrant... and lovely story!!

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Preethi said...

Tagged ya!

Parvathy said...


Were the pics taken in Tung Chung?