The horse gallops off at midnight for the Goat to make its grand entrance. We must be the only country in the world where so many different calendar years are celebrated. And we should rejoice in that.
Today, most of those who celebrate Chinese New Year will take part in the traditional reunion dinner, a time of reflection and thankgiving as family members return to their hometowns.
Fire crakers and fireworks are no longer the monopoly of the Chinese community and even the angpow shows up, in different colours at the festivals of the other communities.
Today is also Ash Wednesday, which mark the beginning of the season of Lent. For those of the Christian faith, this 40 day season leading to Easter Sunday is a time of penance, reflection and fasting.
Most M’sian tend to focus on the major festivals as a time of celebration. Festive occasions such as CNY provide opportunities forms to discard our differences and focus on the fact that we are all in the same boat.
Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone. May the year of the Goat brings us all great joy, love and peace.
Note: supposed to post it before new year but no time,lol…so I post it today 🙂