Gong Xi Fa Cai! To wish in Mandarin.
Means a Happy Chinese New Year.
The Rooster struts in.
As the Monkey swings out.
Red, the tradition for good luck.
To receive red Ang Pow – $ in red packets.
Of red lanterns strung up.
In malls, homes and lining the streets.
The traditional Yee Sang toss.
With chopsticks we toss-up the Yee Sang.
With wishes for health, prosperity.
For happiness, peace and all things good.
So many cultures; so many festivals.
Of different races; of different religions.
Chinese New Year now; coming up is Thaipusam.
I am indeed fortunate; surrounded with such richness.
By C.E. Pereira