Showing posts with label Chinese New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chinese New Year. Show all posts

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Celebrate The Year Of The Fire Monkey At Vikings!

photo taken from the Facebook page

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Vikings and enjoy their promo for those born in the Year of the Monkey. I am a Fire Monkey and this is my year!

Monday, February 01, 2016

How To Celebrate The Chinese New Year in Bacolod City

Chinese New Year will be on February 8, 2016, the start of the Year of the Fire (Red) Monkey.  I am not superstitious and don't really believe in fortune-telling, but I am open to all suggestions since I was born in a monkey year.  Not many people or places celebrate Chinese New Year but in the Philippines, it is a public holiday.  Most Chinese-Filipino communities in other parts of the country have some sort of celebration, whether big or small.  Here are some ways to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey in Bacolod City and the Province of Negros Occidental:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Am I A Fire Monkey Or...Not


I am not a fan of any kind of astrology or fortune telling so it is no surprise that I was not aware that 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.  When someone told me, I shrugged and promptly put it out of my mind.  But with the upcoming Chinese New year celebrations and many social media posts about it, I learned that not only is 2016 a monkey year but it is that of a fire/red monkey, an element-sign combination that recurs every 60 years, the last time was in 1956, the year I was born.  Yes, dear readers, I am turning 60 this year. And so I thought, hey, maybe it would be interesting to find out more about my Chinese Zodiac Monkey.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My First Ever Bacolaodiat Festival

Like I said in my previous post, this is my first time ever to attend the Bacolaodiat Festival.  When the festival committee sent the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. an invitation to attend and cover the activities (February 7-10, 2013), I immediately sent out the call to our board and other Negros bloggers.  After getting our press kits, I was supposed to meet up with 2 other bloggers to watch the dazzling dance parade, lantern street dance competition, the cultural show and then dinner at the chopstick's alley.  Unfortunately, I was not able to watch the parade (could not get off work) and so, I am still waiting for the pictures that one of our other board member took.  Here are some pictures from last year which I took from their website.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Purple Is My Lucky Color For 2013

Well, that's what the Chinese Year of the Snake 2013 forecast says for a monkey like me, heheheh. Thus, this is the reason for the change of color of my blog, although I'm not superstitious (okay, maybe a teeny, weeny bit).  Besides, I love the color purple. Now if it said green or yellow, that would be a totally different story because those are not my colors at all!  The monkey's other lucky colors aside from purple, are pink and white both of which are fine with me since my little girl loves pink and I like white.   But it also says that our lucky stone is peridot, which is confusing because being April born, my birthstone is diamond.  Peridot is green (yuck) and diamonds are a girl's best friend! No contest!

Snakes are not cute like monkeys (wink, wink)...but the one above is the closest one I found to being one ;)

To one and all...HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year 2012 -The Year of the Blue Dragon

What greeting do you say for the Chinese New Year?  I first knew that there was a Chinese New Year when I went to Hongkong in the late 90's.  Feeling sick the first day I was there, I stayed in our hotel room and watched TV. One program was teaching viewers how to say Chinese phrases. And so, that's how I learned (and never forgot) the greeting of Kung Hei Fat Choi.  I did not know then that this was in the Cantonese dialect, the one mainly used in Hongkong, Guangdong and Macao among the many dialects in China. Back then, I thought it was the only new year greeting in Chinese. Hey, don't blame me...the only Chinese left in me is my lineage. It was only recently that I learned that in the Philippines and Bacolod in particular, most of the Filipino-Chinese come from Fujian province where the dialect is Fookien (Hokkien).  And so, we should actually say, Kiong Hee Huat Tsai when we greet them for the New Year.  As for China's official language Mandarin, it is Gong Xi Fa Cai and is pronounced as Kong Xi Fa Tsai. Literally, these words mean wishing you prosperity and good fortune. Happy New Year is really “Xin ni kuai lok!” in Hokkien and “Xin nian kuai le!” in Mandarin.
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The Chinese New Year 2012 is also the Year of the Water (Blue) Dragon which begins on January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013. Water Dragons occur every 60 years, so the last time was in 1952. I was made aware of the dragon year in 1987 when elections were held for the Philippine senate and congress. My mom was in charge of the secretariat of a local party and their local headquarters was in our city in a building which was partly used as a factory for stuffed toys and at that time they were filling orders for blue dragons (1988 was a year of the dragon).  Having grown up on St. George and the Dragon stories, I always loved these mythical creatures and saw them as gentle protectors. I was so happy to be told that they had overruns and I could buy one, which I still have to this day.

Contrary to what the movie 2012 tells that this year is the end of the world, the Year of the Water Dragon according to feng shui experts, is a year of good fortune and luck. It will be a transformative year, as Mr. Samito Jalbuena writes in the Business Mirror. While I am not really into feng shui, horoscopes, astrology and the like, that is still very good news indeed, seeing how the Year of the Rabbit did not turn out well for me.

And for those who would like to experience how our local Filipino-Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year, come to the Bacolaodiat. The word was coined from Bacolod and Lao Diat, meaning celebration in Fookien. This is a three day festival which started on January 20 and will end on the 23rd. Here are some pictures courtesy of Mr. H. James Toga of the Negros Daily Bulletin.


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