WELCOMING THE "OX"
It is during this time of the year that the roads are jammed and people flock to the shopping complexes to get something that makes them looks good for the Chinese New Year.
Lanterns and red-colored decorations were put up days before the Chinese New Year celebration, as red is said to be the luckiest color, especially when ushering a new beginning - the Year of the Ox.
Days before Chinese New Year are spent on thorough cleaning and decorating the home (often with red banners, as red is considered especially auspicious), preparing special food, getting a haircut and mending old clothes. Everything is meant to look fresh and new to set the tone of the coming year.
The Chinese community would be busy doing last minute shopping’s and obviously, the Chinese New Year, which falls next Monday, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.
The Year of the Ox is predicted to be a conservative year, one of traditions and values, not a year to be outrageous, but rather slow and steady.
This Ox year will bring stability and growth where patience and diligence pay off, and a year where we reap what we have sown.