Today is the first day of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon.
Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration among all other festivals in Hong Kong. Based on the Chinese Calendar, this special festival sometimes falls in January or February and lasts 15 days.
There are many practices.
- Reunion dinner: On New Year’s Eve, family members gather together to enjoy a supper that consists of many dishes such as chicken, fish, roast pork, vegetables, and soup.
- Open-air markets: They are set up to sell merchandise such as toys, clothes, candies and gifts.
- Red envelopes: It is a monetary gift sealed in an envelope that is red in color with various kinds of designs like dragon or flowers. Usually, married couples or elderly give red envelopes to unmarried juniors.
- Chinese New Year cake: This dessert literally means ‘year high’, and it symbolizes prosperity.
- Dragon dance and Lion dance are performed.
My family dinner for the celebration. Happy Chinese New Year!