Saturday, January 30, 2010

In celebration of the Spring Festival

Dear Friends,

Goodbye to the old,
Hello to the new
The spring festival is here
And the Chinese community takes their cue

Chinatown is bustling with activity at the start of the light- up
Time to purchase new clothes, pay off debts,
Get new haircuts that will all bring good luck
Family members are painting the window panes and doors
While the housewives are cleaning the walls and the floors

Before the family tuck in on the New Year’s Eve feast
The food is offered to the Gods
Mandarin oranges and Ang Pow or red packets are exchanged
Vibrant colours of paper and flower decorations make their presence felt
In spruced up home that are tidy and so well kept
The colour of red represents happiness and vitality
The colour of gold represents good fortune and wealth

The lighted fireworks brighten up the sky
And we all wonder how time flies
We welcome the year of the Tiger without fear
Gong Xi Fa Cai and a Happy New Year
Spread goodwill to one and all
And have a ball!


Raymond Anthony Fernando

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