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Chinese Lunar New Year – Year Of Snake

February 10, 2013

Spring Festival (春节) or Lunar New Year is the most important festive day for the Chinese where Chinese communities around the world come together to celebrate the festival. Through this festive celebration, it strengthens the family ties and affection. The celebration of the Chinese New Year starts from the first day of the first lunar month to the fifteenth day, 15 days in a row.

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, families come together for the annual family reunion dinner (团年饭), reaffirm the love and respect that bind them together as a unit and bring the family ties and relationship between members closer. Every family member is expected to do his best to return home for the dinner.

Children are encouraged to stay awake till midnight and beyond to send off the “old” year and welcome the “new”. Many children do this to wish their parents a Happy New Year early in the morning. Also, some Chinese believe that the longer the children keep awake, the longer their lives or the lives of their parents. In return, the young ones get hong bao (压岁钱), traditional red packets containing money, before going to bed.

During the Lunar New Year, families would visit their elders and relatives to give their blessing. Juniors would give a pair of mandarin oranges (symbolises good luck) to their elders to wish them good health and happiness.

(Source: sfcca.sg & infopedia.nl.sg)

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Jurongville Secondary School NPCC Unit would like to wish all Officers, Instructors and Cadets a Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year and may the Golden Snake Year bring you good health and luck!

During this festive season, everyone do take care of your own health as everyone will be eating all sorts of Chinese New Year Goodies and Snacks, most importantly, drink more water. And for some of the officers, instructors and all of the students hope you get lots of ang bao packet.

GONG XI FA CAI

 

 

Jurongville Secondary School NPCC Unit

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