Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Chinese New Year! It's a Double Celebration for Love and the Year of the Tiger!

007Just like many other women, I expect to receive a bunch of beautiful red roses on Valentines day and fortunately I receive them every year since I met my husband. Red roses are a symbol of love and that's why receiving these roses on this special day makes a woman feel so special.

Love is the most powerful and positive human emotion and it deserves to have a special day for celebration. I cannot imagine a Valentine's day without these gorgeous roses from my husband. Every time I receive these roses I always tell my husband “I Love You” from my heart. Maybe this is what encourages him to buy me special roses every year.

001Roses are one of my favourite flowers and I have plenty of them in my back garden during the summer time. They are various in colour, style and fragrance and I just love them. It's winter time now and I have no flowers blossoming in my garden at the moment and therefore these gorgeous roses make me feel even more loved, happy and cheerful.

Today is also the Chinese New Year, the most important festival to Chinese and Koreans. According to the Chinese lunar horoscope, this year is the year of the tiger. People born in this year are brave, competitive and have good leadership skills.tiger

It is Chinese tradition to eat dumplings on Chinese New Year's Eve and watch the Spring Festival Celebration Party broadcast by CCTV, which I did. I bought dumplings from a local Chinese super market and watched the show in London using satellite TV.

The show is very Chinese, with mass production and bright colours, especially the red costumes. The colour red and the number 8 are considered to be very lucky in China and therefore the party started at 8 o'clock on New Year's Eve, and there was plenty of red during the show. Remember, the Chinese Olympics Opening Ceremony was held at 8pm on 8th of August 2008! (08/08/08)

facaiIt's also a Chinese tradition to gather together with family and relatives during the festival season. If we are long distance away we call each other and exchange greetings such as “Guo Nian Hao!” “Chun Jie Hao” (Happy New Year” “Gong Xi Fa Cai” “Wish You Good Fortune” just after midnight on New Year's Eve. I was trying to call my parents in China, but as the lines are too busy I could not get through, so I had to wait until today.

I spoke to my mum, dad, brother, sister, sister in law and my nephew and greeted all of them with“Guo Nian Hao!” My parents house seems very busy with lots of family members and relatives celebrating the festival together.

It is not the Chinese traditional custom to celebrate Valentine's Day or Christmas. However, with globalization and more and more Chinese learning English, younger generations tend to celebrate these western festivals. And of course the business people take advantage of this and do massive marketing and celebrating with glorious decorations during the Christmas time and shops are busy selling red roses and chocolates before Valentines day.

imagesThe younger Chinese generation regard this as trendy. I do not think there is anything wrong with this. I even advised my brother to buy a bunch of red roses for my sister-in-law today. I think it is good to have an excuse to celebrate special days to bring more happiness, celebration and love to our journey, as we all know that life is not a bed of roses.

Spring festival is still the biggest festival for me, even though I can't feel any festival mood in London today. It's a double celebration today; my husband and I decided to have a romantic walk in a park and have booked our romantic dinner at our favourite Korean restaurant.

So what will the world be remembered for today? I had a bet with my husband that today the Google logo would be an image with half for celebrating the Valentine's Day and half for the Chinese Spring Festival; my husband's bet was that it would be Valentine's day only. However, neither of us won the bet, the Google image was for the winter Olympics at Vancouver 2010?!

I really believe that with more love the world would be a better place.

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Spring Festival!

With lots of love

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