Malls and shops are packed with shoppers. There are new clothes, shoes and other personal items to be bought as the Chinese believe that the new year should come with it new things, down to undergarments. Red is the colour for Chinese New Year, so expect to see a lot of red during this time of the year though these days, parents are not so particular about it and black is part of the new year wardrobe.
Chinese New Year is a time for family reunions and gatherings and too a meeting of friends and their families. Homes will be open and nicely decorated with New Year paraphernalia like scrolls depicting blessings and good words, red lanterns put up as well as other decorations. Lime or kumquat plants are a significant part of the home decoration so are longevity bamboos and pussy-willows, all decked with little ornaments of wealth and prosperity.
Shopping complexes or malls too make it a point to be decked up for this auspicious occasion which marks the first fifteen days of the new Lunar year. I have not gone around to the malls but let me share with you some mall decorations - images courtesy of The Star.
Let me take this opportunity to wish Chinese readers and everyone else, a Happy, Healthful and Prosperous New Year of the Ox which promises to be a good year generally.
GONG XI FA CAI!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!