“Take out the papers and the trash, or you don’t get no spending cash….get all that garbage out of sight.” Lyrics from the popular Coasters song of the 1960s, “Yakety Yak” ring true among Asians throughout the world starting a week before February 3. The Tiger retires for a 12-year hibernation. The Hare arrives to rule the new lunar year 4709. It is a tradition to begin a new year with a squeaky clean home, to sweep away negative forces. Disagreements are placed on hill and conversations are upbeat. All bills are paid and everyone looks forward to a new and fresh start.
Sun Neen Fy Lok translates to “Happy New Year” in Cantonese, and Gung Hay Fot Choy translate to “Wishes for Prosperity.” The Lunar New Year is celebrated on the first day of the First Moon of the lunar calendar, so each “new year day” is different. This is the biggest holiday of the year, a combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled up with a bit of Mardi Gras. Years of history, tradition and respect come into play. We are not just out to party although it appears that way to some observers. (Read on …)