Wishing You A Happy Chinese New Year

May The Year 2009 Bring for You Happiness,Success and filled with Peace,Hope & Togetherness of your Family & Friends....Wishing You *GONG XI FA CAI*

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Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, one of the traditional Chinese holidays, is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, which falls this year on 26 JAN 2009Around the New Year, Chinese people greet each other with: "Congratulations and be prosperous"or "Gong Xi Fa Cai" and Happy Chinese New Year.A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve where members of the family, near and far, get together for celebration. The New Year's Eve dinner is very large and traditionally includes chicken. Fish is a homophone for phrases which could mean "be blessed every year" or "have profit every year".

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Ang Pow with image of a fruiting kumquat tree would be to convey progress in one's efforts.

Traditionally, red packets are passed out during the Chinese New Year's celebrations, from married couples to unmarried people. Married couples usually give out two red packets on the first new year after being married. This is because the wife presents one and the husband presents one. In subsequent years they may give one as a couple.A red packet is simply a red envelope with gift money in it, which symbolizes luck and wealth. To the Chinese, the gift of the red packet is a form of ‘lai see’, which means the passing of good luck to the recipient. When you give someone an ang pow, it is likened to wrapping up all your good intentions and passing it on to the recipient,The whole idea is to foster the spirit of giving.

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Ang Pow with Birds perched in a garden full of blooms aimed to convey a successful business partnership.

The Chinese believe that when you give you will receive back two-fold.There is the general consensus that there should be no other colour for the ang pow packet other than red.The amount of money inside must be even number , not odd number. Usually , when you get ang pow from a successful or well to do person , its lucky to keep the ang pow intact . Do not spend it . On the other hand , if you get one from someone down in the luck , quickly spend the money inside .

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