Chinese New Year is considered to be the most important festival for the Chinese community here in the Philippines. Chinese New Year or what they called ” Kung Hei Fat Choi” which means may prosperity be with you.
Filipino-Chinese communities in the Philippines celebrate Chinese New Year every year in a hope of attracting prosperity, closer family ties and peace. Most Filipino-Chinese usually clean their home thoroughly, prepare lucky money in the red envelope called ‘ang pao‘, serves sweet foods and display various foods and fruits on a table, which is believed to invite good fortune. People also participate in parades and dragon dances are organized in China Towns in different cities in the Philippines. Red is the popular color to wear when ushering in the Chinese New Year.
Small Chinese communities existed in the Philippines sine the Spanish regime. As the time progressed, the Chinese communities grew due to intermarriage among Filipino natives and other races, including the Chinese. As the population grew, so did the grandeur of the Chinese New Year celebration.
2012 is the year of the Water Dragon, which starts January 23, 2012 and ends February 9, 2013. Dragons are quite special and very much revered because it symbolizes power, superiority and rule.
The mythological Chinese dragon is the main symbol of Chinese New Year. Other symbols include firecrackers that are believed to drive off bad luck and the tikoy, a Chinese sticky sweet that symbolizes the attraction of good luck.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!