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Monday, 08 February 2016 13:33

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Happy New Year my Chinese friends!May you have a blessed new life as you celebrate the coming of the “Year of the Monkey”. They say, when it is the year of the monkey, it is a year of prosperity and opportunity. A year of ingenuity and self reliance like the “monkey”. A year of freedom, like a “monkey’s” life in the jungle and a year of courage and strength.

Chinese beliefs are beyond the imagination for it has existed since time immemorial. Those beliefs are guides in war, in peace, in business, in love and even in their governance during those times of China’s magnificent dynasties. Chinese believe in the wonders of nature, phenomena and size and shape of the moon, color of the sky and the movement of the seas and oceans are all related to life’s realities. It is no wonder that even the shape of your face, to a Chinese, have meanings of their own. Many times Chinese looks at the shape of your face before they decide to accept you as their lifetime partner, especially if they are in business. Today as they celebrate “Kung Hei Fat Choi” or the Chinese New Year worldwide, it is also the celebration of the “spring holidays” on those countries that have this season. Spring is the first season after the snow fell. It is a new life for every Creation of God.

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The explosion of all types of firecrackers, pyrotechnic display during the celebration of “Kung Hei Fat Choi” is to ward off the demons, the bad luck, the sickness, the bad things, so a new year will begin with a new beginning, new life, new opportunities and new luck in their lives, These Chinese beliefs are all over the universe where there are Chinese people. They believe that everything in this universe is related to each other and needed each other to survive.

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The celebration of colorful dances and led by the lion dance to welcome “Kung Hei Fat Choi” is for good life and prosperity because it brings luck and good health. Red color that dominates the color of the celebration is to symbolize life and the food served during “Kung Hei Fat Choi” all have meaning and relations to nature and life. They are shaped in many different figures, depicting the shape of the moon, the stars and those we find in nature that is related to our day to day living. This is also to pay homage and respect to God and nature that has been kind to human beings and provided for them everyday.

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Like many modern Chinese families nowadays, they are not anymore keen in celebrating the “Kung Hei Fat Choi” to the fullest only traditional and old timer Chinese in the Philippines. This is because of the influence of Christians and Muslim values in the Philippines. However, In China, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Singapore and Shanghai where Chinese dominance in values and culture tops everything, even their government declares the celebration a special day with complete support and assistance. It is only recently that the Philippine government declared “Kung Hei Fat Choi”,  a special non-working holiday in the country. Perhaps with this development, Chinese values on this celebration will be rekindled and celebrated the Chinese Traditional Way. This will be “more fun in the Philippines”.

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Scoop: Kung Hei Fat Choi to my Chinese friends, Mr & Mrs. Jimmy Saavedra, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Lim, Mr. & Mrs. Danny Lim, Mr. & Mrs. Le Peng Wee, Mr. & Mrs. Roger Tan, Mr. & Mrs. Kenny, Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Lao, Mr. & Mrs. Tony Kong and Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Lee . Happy Chinese New Year to all of you my friends, continue to make Zamboanga City prosperous.


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