Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Chinese New Year! It's a Double Celebration for Love and the Year of Tiger 2010

007Today is 14 February 2010, a Valentines day and also the Chinese New Year, another way to say is Spring Festival (春节).  A bunch of beautiful red roses is the perfect gift for a woman on Valentines day. 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.

001Roses and peonies are my favourite flowers and I have plenty of them in my back garden. During the summer time, it's absolutely beautiful. They are various in colours, styles fragrances and I just love them so much. It's winter time now and I have no flowers blossoming in my back garden so 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.

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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