Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Gung Hay Fat Choy"! - Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

Ok...that got everyone's attention... : )  There are many ways the world celebrates the New Year... And I had some fun looking up a few of them.  

The Chinese greet others with "Gung Hay Fat Choy" which means "Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth"!!  The Chinese New Year (which is being celebrated Jan. 23rd this year) in 2012 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese culture.  People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to sweep away any ill-fortune in hopes to make way for good incoming luck.  On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. Food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. That doesn't sound too bad...

How did YOU ring in the New Year? Some of us have traditions, others try something new.

The traditional kiss is a universal custom that goes on around the world at the stroke of midnight on New Year's.

But different cultures have other customs equal to the favorite Southern tradition of black-eyed peas—which symbolize luck in the coming year. 

Imagine streets full of people wearing polka dots and dinning table full of round shaped food and fruits on one single day of the year. Philippines believe that this will bring them prosperity by associating the round dots to coins and wealth.

In Spain and many Latin countries, the tradition is eating 12 grapes at midnight, which is supposed to bring you 12 months of happiness.

In Denmark, it is a good sign to find your door heaped with a pile of broken dishes at New Years. Old dishes are saved year around to throw them at the homes where their friends live on New Years Eve. Many broken dishes means that you have many friends.  And a lot of clean-up!

In Germany, people eat cabbage to represent money and wealth because the cabbage is green.  Every New Year's Eve, at midnight, Germans watch the British show “Dinner for One.”   It is so popular that even the punch line “same procedure every year” now is a catch phrase in Germany.

In Wales, the back door is opened with the first toll of the bell and then shut to release bad omens from the last year. With the 12th stroke of the bell the front door is open to welcome New Year.

In Australia, suckling pigs are considered to bring good luck and hence, traditional foods are prepared with sucking pigs. In dessert they offer peppermint ice cream in the shape of four-leaf clover.

In Japan, people decorate their homes with pine branch, bamboo stalk and plum blossom which symbolizes longevity, prosperity and nobility respectively.

In Scotland, Men parade through the streets holding blazing balls of fire. They continuously swing these balls over their heads.  According the the locals, the balls of fire bring purification and sunshine. This celebration dates back as far as the Vikings.

New Year's is a time that is celebrated by all regardless of the origin, nationality and cultural background. People around the world believe that the coming year will fill their life with love, bliss, wealth and good fortune.  No matter how you celebrate this day, make this year the best one that you have had!  I think that the Chinese are "right on" in wanting to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.  May peace and happiness abide with each of you this coming year...  RD


  1. Happy New Year Emily! I had Chinese for dinner last night...count for anything? May your polka dots live long and prosper.

  2. Howard ~ May this year bring you much happiness and good health! (And many fish)

  3. All the best in life and fish to you in the next year, Emily!

  4. But I thought this was the year of the carp?
    Regardless, Happy New Year to you Emily.
    Here's to many more great fishing adventures for us all!

  5. Erin ~ I appreciate that! And I think that some of my fish will definitely be coming out of Colorado streams!

  6. Brian ~ If you go out and bring in a carp, we will call it that! Ha!! My goal this year is to find some new places to get my line wet... : )

  7. I am always up for new challenges and places to fish! I got a new rod after all..

  8. I had to learn that in Chinese in order to say it to an old girl friends parents. They spoke no English. Her dad was big man around China town in Chicago, we ate well on Chinese New Year.

    Phonetically, if this works, it sounds like...

    goong hee fa choy

    Might come in hand and I wish that to you anyway.

  9. Happy New Year, and may 2012 be an even better year for us all.

  10. Wishing you all the best in 2012!

    ...and if I were to follow one of the aforementioned traditions, I think I would walk down the middle of the streets with flaming balls of if I could just find some fireballs

  11. Brian -. We will have to find a few places for that new fly rod to venture out!

  12. Ken- Thanks for sharing...That was interesting! I didn't think that someone would be familiar with the phrase... : )

  13. Marc - A very happy and healthy New Year to you!

  14. Sanders -. Back at ya! And if you find a fireball to play with...just be careful and don't get too crazy! : )

  15. Pennsylvania Dutch eat pork roast on New Years day. Beef and Turkey paw and scratch backward, but pigs always push forward into the New Year with there nose. So keep your nose to the ground and slop on....
    Or something like that! LOL

  16. Larry ~ I am sooooo glad to know those tidbits of information...LOL. I will try my hardest to stay sloppy...or something like that!

  17. River Dimsel
    Enjoyed and love your article about the new year things people do around this planet.
    Gung Hay Fat Choy and all the best
    Lawrence from Hong Kong
    (now happy in Sacramento)