Friday, February 22, 2008

The Last Day of the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is celebrated for fifteen days. This year, the fifteenth day coincided with Valentine's Day. Known as Chap Goh Mei , literally translated as the fifteenth night, it is a significant event as important as the first day, although celebrated differently. Whereas one wears new clothes and receives red packets on the first day of the Chinese New Year, the fifteenth night of the new lunar year is marked by offerings of thanksgiving accompanied by deafening sounds of fire crackers almost through the early hours of the night.

This year, however, it was pretty quiet -which makes one suspect that recession is really setting in despite all the denials in the mass media. For the sake of all business people, let's hope it won't last too long.

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