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Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Kung Hei Fat Choi! As Chinese New Year (CNY) fast approaches, you might overhear this 'Happy New Year' greeting exchanged between others or you might even be saying it yourself! It's how the phrase is traditionally said in Cantonese but ever wondered how to say "Happy New Year" in other dialects and languages? We sure have. Lucky for us, there's a list on how!

While 2012 may seem like the end of the world in some societies, in Chinese culture, it's a particularly good year. It's the year of the dragon and for the superstitious community, 2012 is a period for change and new ventures. The dragon is the most revered of all the Chinese zodiacs for its qualities of nobility, generosity and reputation for legendary power. As the most auspicious sign, weddings, babies and new businesses will be abound in 2012! This forecast is pretty general, however, so click here to learn what cautions your sign might need to take in the coming year!

As we herald in the year of the dragon, you may notice red to be the colour of the season. Symbolising the fire that wards away dark spirits, many households can look forward to new red clothing, lucky red pockets (full of even luckier money) and red couplets (auspicious sayings written on red paper) on doorways.

Long strings of red firecrackers line the streets to be set off at the approach of the cacophonic music and furious movement of a lion dance. These flashing lights, abrupt sounds and ferocious creatures are thought to ward away evil spirits and pave the way for good luck.

Ensuring luck is the theme of CNY celebrations that continue over a 15 day period. But what kind of celebration would it be without food? Amongst the spring rolls and wontons consumed during this time, fish is also eaten as it symbolises an abundance of wealth and fortune in the coming year. A surplus of fish means a surplus of wealth and a bit of leftover fish is usually stored in the fridge for a later date. Why not try some more interesting ways to prepare fish this New Year? Check out some of AHG's fish recipes!

Wherever you are in the world, AHG wishes you the most prosperous and happiest of years!

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