Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s that time again. Penang’s Chinese community is geared up for the long night, then days, then weeks of celebration!

The lanterns are up. Here are some at a local mall:


What are some of the other characteristics?

Lion Dances.

Random appearances by Confucian looking characters, handing out the ubiquitous red “ang pao” – envelopes with money for children.

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(Hey, lady, you messed up my focusing!)

Kids make out really well on CNY.

Time off with family. Sometimes, this is the only times of the entire year that people will take off of work. The local grocer told me that he’s taking off two days for Chinese New Year. His store is usually opened 7 days a week, 363 days a year – except at Chinese New Year. That shows the importance!

Getting to meet the cousins again after a long year.

Festive and generous attitudes on everyone’s hearts.

Eating. I have a friend who will gorge herself on popiah – Chinese spring rolls.

The house has been given a thorough cleaning, a new coat of paint is on the walls, everything is ready to greet the day!

Nearly a billion and a half Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, and other East Asians will be celebrating tonight.

I wish them all a Happy New Year!

“Gong Xi Fa Cai”

“Chuc mung nam moi”


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