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HAPPY NEW YEAR刊登日期: 2016.01.16
作者: F.S.P. Illustration mushROOM Text Sr. Mary Grace Lee
The Lunar New Year is often called Chinese New Year. The Chinese name of their year according to 12 animals. The first animal is the Rat, followed by the Ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat or ram, the monkey, the rooster or cock, the dog and the pig. Next year’s Chinese New Year is on February 8th and it is the year of the monkey.
In Hong Kong, we celebrate two New Years – one civil New Year for all the people of Hong Kong, and another New Year called Lunar New Year for Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans and Laotians. In China, the new year is also called the Spring Festival, because it is spring time, the beginning of life in nature, in God’s creation.
In Cantonese we say SUN NIHN FAI LOK（新年快樂）, that is, Happy New Year. We also say KUNG HEY FAT CHOY（恭喜發財）, meaning congratulation, joy and prosperity. The most important part of the celebration is the grand reunion of the family. Every member of the family wants to go home to celebrate this day together. They eat special food like sticky brown rice called NIHN GOU（年糕）, they dress up and visit friends and relatives. The children love to receive red packets with lucky money inside called “LAIH SIH”（利是）. Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days. Most workers get a very long holiday.
The civil New Year is always January 1st. It is a public holiday. The people love to watch the f i reworks which light up the sky with beautiful designs. Usually February has 28 days but February in 2016 has 29 days, so 2016 is a Leap Year.
For Christians, the New Year is celebrated with thanksgiving prayers and a festive Mass. We thank God for the gift of life, and for giving us 365 beautiful days every year.//php print_r($node); ?>