Traditional Chinese New Year Treats

Celebrating the Year of the Monkey

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, one of the most important celebration in the Chinese community. It is to welcome the new, bringing good luck and hope for the coming year.

This coming New Year is the Year of the Monkey will be on Feb. 8, 2016. Continuing an age-old Chinese tradition, four-word blessings are shared with families and friends, wishing them good health and prosperity.

Miniature posters called “Fai Chun” are primarily in red and usually consist of four Chinese characters that depict the blessings and are often decorated on the household walls. The most popular blessings are usually related to a healthy and wealthy life from the current generation to younger generations.

“Fai Chun” ------Pronunciation----------Meaning
『老少平安』-----lǎo shǎo píng àn-------Peace and Tranquility to One and All
『如意吉祥』-----rú yì jí xiàng-----------May Your Dreams Come True and Good Fortune be with You
『五福臨門』-----wǔ fú lín mén----------May All the Good Karma and Fortune be Knocking at Your Door
『身壯力健』-----shēn zhuàng lì jiàn----Wishing You the Best of Stamina and Good Health throughout the Year
『金玉滿堂』-----jīn rù mǎn tang--------May Your Household be filled with Treasures
『貨如輪轉』-----huò rú lún zhuǎn------May Your Business be Prosperous and Profitable
『恭喜發財』-----Gōng xǐ fā cái----------Wishing You A Prosperous New Year
『出入平安』-----Chū rù píng'ān---------May All Your Passages Be Safe
『生意興隆』-----Shēng yì xīng long-----May Your Business Be Prosperous
『和氣生財』-----Hé qi shēng cái--------Harmony and Cooperation Yield Riches
『萬事如意』-----Wàn shì rú yì-----------May All Your Wishes Come To Fruition
『龍馬精神』-----Lóng mǎ jīng shén-----May You Have the Stamina Of The Horse and The Dragon

We wish everyone good health and prosperous Lunar New Year!

The first 100 readers of the Vancouver Sun or The Province to fulfill the criteria and submit their entry to us can receive a free gift of Chinese New Year Fai Chun set.
You can email your submissions to:
Please submit your email with subject title “Chinese New Year in Chinatown”. Submissions must include the date of the newspaper for the Chinese New Year write up and a photo of you during your recent visit to Chinatown.

(Qualified 100 participants will be notified through email to collect their gift)

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