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Chinese Malaysians Prepare to Celebrate Year of the Dog
March 24 2018, 07:45 | Irvin Gilbert
CUAsia the times they are a-changing with a new generation wanting more from life than a corporate job
The oldest and most important festival in China is the Spring Festival, known in the West as the Chinese New Year.
For them, and the rest of us, he has five food customs you should know for the Lunar New Year.
The hundreds of high-speed trains at a maintenance base wait to set out on the Spring Festival Travel Peak. That's more than the 69% of people who said that they would send physical red packets to friends and family. "We are not supposed to do anything else".
More Chinese are also travelling overseas during the holidays, with about 6.5 million people having booked trips to foreign countries.
China's Lunar Near Year is many things to that country's population.
The Dog is the 11th animal among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. "Economic growth and rising incomes have played a vital role in reshaping the festival". Other traditional New Year foods include fish, noodles, rice cakes, and spring rolls. "Dinners prepared for family gatherings during the festival were no less than a feast, and children like me could get a taste of delicacies such as roast duck".
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 will be the Year of the Earth Dog, following the Year of the Fire Rooster in 2017. "Short trips to tourist destinations in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces are well received by people". According to Chinese beliefs, people born this year are good-natured, helpful, kind and cautious.
'We should pool the wisdom and strength of more than 1.3 billion Chinese people in more than 400 million households to strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, ' he said.
President Moon Jae-in has extended Lunar New Year's greetings to Chinese citizens and wished them a successful Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.
But it seems that lion dance performances in Malaysia will not die out anytime soon seeing that its role has expanded beyond ushering in the New Year as troupes are frequently called to perform at opening ceremonies, weddings, birthdays, housewarmings, open houses and many other events, but that is a story for another day. To plan ahead for the New Year, follow the locals and draw the fortune sticks to get a glimpse of your luck in the New Year.
Lee says that when she was young, her parents would make her save the money.