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Firstly I want to wish everyone Chinese New Year! Welcome to 2013, the Lunar year of the Snake. It's also known as the Spring Festival and celebrated by many Malaysians, Singaporeans, Americans, Australians and of course the Chinese.
The year of the snake is said to be a good year, because as told by my own grandfather, the year of the snake brings about less poverty, where fewer families will starve and more are able to eat properly to survive.
Chinese New Year is the highlight of the year for a Chinese person. Celebrations include fireworks, firecrackers, large family gatherings for lunch and dinner, lots of wine and spirits as well as plenty of Red Packets for the young ones!
I won't go into too much detail about the history of Chinese New Year, but it is often portrayed as a new beginning, where the old year is cleaned and swept out, whilst a new year begins. The year of 2012 has gone and we all start fresh. Everyone deserves a new chance and for the Chinese each and every year you get one more to prove yourself to society.
This weekend I went to a friend's house and we celebrated Chinese New Year. Most of the time, it is celebrated with family reunions in a time of prosperity and happiness. We celebrated the hours before the new year with dancing, board games, card games, ping pong, karaoke singing, Mahjong, and large amounts of specialized Chinese cuisine such as duck, chicken, various salads, beef, pork, dumplings, spring rolls, with special desert bundles - all the traditional Chinese cuisine you may taste in restaurants but 10 times better!
Further more, if you're young and not married or working, you get red packets. Yes, it is Chinese ancient tradition to give small red envelopes enclosed with various amounts of cash as a gift to children and students. No matter who you're with, generally it will occur almost all the time. I received quite a few myself and I'm quite elated about it.
So if you have never celebrated Chinese New Year before, listen up. It starts from February 10th (it change every year) and it's not just for one day it goes on for several days depending on where you are, and you might even get holidays for it. So get buying and celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the Snake!
To conclude I wish everyone, 24685;喜发财，万事如意，身体健康，年年有余! It means, I wish you prosperity, good luck, good health for this year and every year after!