Friday, January 31, 2014

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Yeah. That’s sort of wishing joy and prosperity for the new year in Mandarin and that’s the only thing I can say beyond Wo Ai Ni. So though I pretend to be knowledgeable, I am not.

Anyway, today is the first day of Lunar Chinese New Year of the Horse. All of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau SAR, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand celebrate. That literally means most of world manufacturing is shutdown for the festival.

Lunar New Year is by far the biggest festival celebrated in the world. More than 1/3 population of the world celebrates it. So even if it’s not celebrated in your part of the world, hang on – very soon it will be. (Yeah like we celebrate Halloween and Thanks Giving in Asia!)

The good part of the Lunar New Year is – it always comes in the last few weeks of January or first few weeks of February. That means it is right there in the beginning of the Gregorian calendar. People like me who have already given up on their resolutions can think of resolving to follow them again starting the Lunar new year.

So my dear fellow netizens, I can be statistically very sure that at least 80% of you have given up on your 2014 resolutions by now (yeah, even I partially have!). Don’t fret, you can start them again on the auspicious day of the Lunar new year.

God gives me another chance on restarting my resolutions around end of March or beginning of April when we celebrate the Hindu new year (Gudi Padwa/ Ugadi  for some). It’s ironic how we get all these chances in the first quarter of the year, and still we can’t follow the resolutions for the next 3 quarters.

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