GONG XI FA CAI
A popular greeting for people of Chinese descent around the world is Kung Hei Fat Choy! (Cantonese) or Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Mandarin) –- it means “Wishing you prosperity!" and is the popular Lunar New Year greeting for people of Chinese descent around the world.
Lunar New Year begins on the date (in East Asia) of the second new Moon after the winter solstice, which always takes place in late December. This means that the first day of the Lunar New Year can occur anytime between January 21 and February 20. In 2023, this new Moon occurs in China on Sunday, January 22, marking the start of the Lunar New Year.
Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival is observed by millions of people around the world. It is a time of family get togethers, feasting and dragon dances to welcome in the new year.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit zodiac. The animal designations of the zodiac follow a 12-year cycle and are always used in the same sequence.
There are a number of events held to celebrate Chinese New Year 2023 in Brisbane. On Saturday 21/01/2023 from 5-11.30pm. “Follow the drums and cymbals of the Chinese Lion Dance through the Lanes Fortitude Valley as we welcome the Year of the Rabbit on Saturday 21st January with a bang! Weaving its way through Bakery Lane and California Lane, the traditional Chinese Lion and music ensemble will bring cheer and good fortune to all, while eateries and bars will present a plethora of oriental flavours from far and wide."
GONG XI FA CAI to all our families celebrating Chinese New Year.
Tet holiday – Vietnamese Lunar New Year or simply Tet Vietnam is the most significant festival in the S-shaped country. As a result of being calculated by the lunar calendar, the Tet festival often occurs at the end of January or the beginning of February, which is later than New Year’s Day.
Tet Vietnam is celebrated to welcome the Lunar New Year and summarize what they did in the old one. It is considered an important mark for changes, plans, and progress. In addition, Vietnamese people believe that what they do on the first day of the new year will affect their rest. Therefore, they pay great attention to every word they say and everything they do. Furthermore, Tet in Vietnam may be the only occasion for all family members to have happy moments together after a year of hard-working.
Vietnamese Lunar New Year is NOT Chinese Lunar New Year
It is absolutely mistaken to say that the Vietnamese are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Although both countries use the lunar calendar, Vietnamese people have different lunar new year customs, celebrations, and traditions from China.