My family and I live on the fourth floor of a twenty-four-floor building, located on a hill overlooking a low-rise neighborhood. The other day, my husband and I went for a stroll through the neighborhood.
On our stroll, we found the beginnings of Chinese New Year decorations, placed on doors and gates.
Chinese New Year, or “Spring Festival,” is a two-week holiday. People visit with family and friends, enjoy festive foods and fireworks, give children “red packets” filled with money, or stroll through flower markets. For 2019, the first day of the holiday begins on February 5th.
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2019 is the year of the pig. My husband was born the year of the pig. I was born the year of the rat. Neither sound too impressive. Especially given the fact my daughter was born in the year of the tiger and my son in the year of the dragon. However, among the zodiac animals, pig and rat mean wealth and industriousness, which is not so bad.
I don’t have any photos of the famous red lanterns yet, but got a few of the traditional flowers.
Chinese New Year is a time to begin again and look toward a new year filled with good luck and prosperity. On the first day of Chinese New Year, you greet one another with, “Kung Hei Fat Choi!”
“Wishing you luck and a good future!”
**This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, created by Norm Frampton. For more doors from all around the globe, check it out.