Updated on 1st January 2014 WED 7:02PM
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|The Chinese New Year 2008, which falls on February 7 & 8, is an
annual celebration among the Chinese
community of the world. In Malaysia, with the country's colorful and harmonious
combination of different
race and culture living together under one flag and holding vigil to the five
pillars of the Rukun Negara (National
principles); Belief in God; Loyalty to King and Country; Supremacy of the
Constitution; The Rule of Law; and
Mutual Respect and good social behavior; the festival is celebrated together by
all with the special open house
The open house concept, which is also carried out during the Muslim's Hari Raya celebration and the Hindu's Deepavali celebration promotes the bonding of friendship between the different races. Special during this period, is the various Lion Dance performances; angpow or red envelope filled with money; and the tossing of yee sang (raw fish salad) to usher in prosperity and good fortune for the new year.
On 7 & 8 February 2008, Malaysians
celebrates Chinese New Year. The festival
is welcomed with family reunions, the lion
dance, firecrackers, mandarin oranges
and giving/receiving ang pow (red packet
containing money). The preparation,
however, begins with shopping of new
clothes and decorating one's house.
A few days before the New Year celebration, Chinese families give their home a thorough cleaning. It is believed that the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. Brooms and dust pans are put away on the first day so that luck cannot be swept away.
Some people give their homes, doors and window-panes a new coat of red paint. Red is a must to characterize wealth and prosperity. Homes are often decorated with paper cutouts of Chinese auspicious phrases and couplets.
The eve of Chinese New Year is the highlight of the celebration as it is on this Jay that family members return home for he reunion dinner to rekindle family ties and enjoy the sumptuously prepared meals. Dinner is usually made up of .seafood and dumplings.
Meanwhile, children look forward to playing with fire crackers while gleefully receiving the ang pow.
Year of 2008 - Year of the Rat
According to the Chinese
Zodiac, the Year of 2008 is a Year of the Rat (Earth), which begins on
February 7, 2008 and ends on January 25, 2009. The Chinese astrological
cycle begins with the year of the Rat; consequently those born within this
category like to be first, pioneers, at the forefront of the action.
Because of this, they tend to see themselves as a cut above the others.
Restless and inquisitive, those born under the influence of the Rat are
active, both physically and mentally, and tend to lead busy lives.
Challenge is essential to them for they love the thrill of living
dangerously, adapting easily to different environments and surviving
against all odds. With clairvoyance, intuition, perspicacity and an eye
for detail, Rats are formidable problem solvers, finding workable
solutions to the knottiest problems. Traveling is one of their favorite
pastimes. They have a natural talent for the arts, specifically writing.
The Rat has a great appetite and
appreciates fine cuisine, loving all types of good food, fine wines, baked
goods and gourmet meals. Although he may not be patient enough to prepare
these great meals himself, he does enjoy dining at all the latest
The Passionate Rat
January is the month of the Rat. The time
of the Rat is from 11:00 p.m. to 12:59 a.m.; their direction of
orientation is the north. The Rat's color is light blue.
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