This week brought in the calming and comforting Year of the Sheep. So, good bye to the Horse Year, and thank you for the ride, but now we would like to concentrate on things in hand, take stock of what we have and move forward slowly, enjoying the time doing so.
It really is the start of a new beginning, so not surprisingly that we call it Chinese New Year, but what we should be calling it is ‘Spring Festival’, as that’s what it is known as in China. Like our Spring it symbolises new life, new beginnings and the start of things to come. We like that here at Qing, especially after our own New Year.
And with that we say ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le!’…or Happy New Year to you. You’ll see lots of people exclaiming ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’, the Cantonese equivalent greeting, but strictly speaking this means ‘good luck’, or ‘prosper’, so you don’t hear that much in mainland China. Either way, a bit of both might be nice eh! And we sincerely hope you get some too.
Happy New Year from Anne-Marie, Simon and Mao Ping. x