Gong Hei Fat Choy: Happy New Year But Make It Chinese

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Mano Po Series,” “Feng Shui,” and “Ghost Bride” are some of the popular Pinoy movies affiliated with the Chinese culture. The Mano Po series showcase Chinese traditions as well as how power and wealth circulate within the family. This includes who is entitled to make decisions for the whole family. On the other hand, Feng Shui is all about luck and fortune. Its mainstream is in regard to the Chinese beliefs in terms of attracting money. It involves a ‘bagwa’ as the meat of the movie. Lastly, the Ghost Bride is a story wherein a marriage can still happen even if the other half is already dead. It is the Chinese people’s belief that a person should never be alone even in his/her afterlife. To connect the dots, the above-mentioned movies feature the famous Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year celebrates new beginnings. It is a festival held in China Towns dotted with red colors as well dragon symbols.

The 1st of February 2022 is still expected to be well-celebrated despite this pandemic. It doesn’t only entail new beginnings on behalf of the Chinese communities but also provides horoscopes that gave people hints as to how their year will go on as well as those things they have to avoid for bad luck to never happen. According to a well-known Chinese zodiac expert, Nicolas, the luckiest are those who are born in the year of the ox. It is their year to water and cultivates the relationships they have among people. On the contrary, the year of the Tiger is the unluckiest. However, these things may only be in accord with the alignment of the stars based on how the Chinese experts read those. The people’s fates are still dependent on how they live their lives and make decisions. Aside from horoscopes, astrology, and such, Chinese people have this facade of being well-off so they are expected as well to manifest the essence of the said event. After all, it is another year to achieve goals and strive for wealth. Hence, the Chinese New Year is centered on removing the bad and old happenings. It is a sign of moving forward. Aside from that, it is the best time to wish for prosperity. 

Even though this pandemic originated in China, this event is somehow a great deal to the Philippines since traces of the Chinese influences are highly seen even these days. Chinese culture and tradition are also part of the foundation of the Philippine culture such as cuisines, clothing, and norms. The best examples would be Pansit and Barter. I must tell, barter made such a noise on the early days of quarantine at Davao City. Online groups were created just to post their things open for barter being specified on the said post. And of course, observing proper health protocols during meetups. Thus, Chinese New Year depicts letting go. It means letting go of the bad energy you’ve had with you over the past years and starting for something new. Stop living life with a heavy heart but focus on how to live the Chinese way. Your life should be centered on your own growth and how to make money but not to the extent of greediness. After all, Chinese New Year isn’t called as ‘Spring Festival’ if doors for growth and development won’t open. It is indeed a “New Moon” for everyone.

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