Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year 2016.
It’s the Year of the Monkey, my Zodiac Year of Birth, which is known as 本命年 (Běn mìng nián).
Traditionally a lot of Chinese believe that your zodiac year (12 years as a cycle) will bring danger and misfortune, so you need to wear something red.
To ward off evil spirits, apparently one has to wear red underwear too.
Last Saturday we went to Southampton to enjoy a simple meal. My favourite Chinese restaurant in this area is Panda (20 Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DB). The food is always cook to meet the Chinese’s standards.
We ordered half a duck (the so-called crispy duck with pancakes), sweet and sour chicken, chilli squid, and some vegetables.
Crispy duck with pancakes is actually not a Chinese dish. You won’t find ‘crispy duck with pancake’ dish in China or Singapore. Chinese people from China will not know what to do with ‘Fortune Cookies’ either.
This evening, my friend Hazel Bateman braved high wind and rain to give me a special gift, complete with a Chinese New Year card. It’s a very thoughtful gift – a huge box of origami and craft paper. All nicely wrapped up in a colour of fortune too.
What about you?
Do you eat / wear something special this New Year? Do you celebrate Chinese New Year in your own way? Please share your story with us.
Happy New Year everyone!
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