Chinese New year...

Today is Lunar New year.. chinese new year.. Its huge festivity here in Singapore, more so in locality I live..
This is the year of Ox ... Im getting lot of Yin-Yang flavour these days ....
Wanna chck ur luck this year... . Myns not that bad... :(
Chinese horoscopes are composed with 12 Animals: Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig and Rat
They respect a lot these animals...Its a Long weekend here in Singapore, and includes 2 official holidays .. (Wish new year for various nationalities recur often ..heee)
All shops are closed, and it wears a "bandh" or deserted look . I m sure all roads lead to Shanyang, guangshou, bejing and Shanghai , this time of year...
The first day is for the welcoming of the deities of the heavens and earth, officially beginning at midnight. Many people, especially Buddhists, abstain from meat consumption on the first day because it is believed that this will ensure longevity for them. Some consider lighting fires and using knives to be bad luck on New Year's Day, so all food to be consumed is cooked the day before.
Most importantly, the first day of Chinese New Year is a time when families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended family, usually their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents(trust me their mean life span is 85 ! )
Lion dance or beats , in red couplets are famous during this time , where people carry big drums and make sounds , the reason which dates bck to some 14th century .
The History says that there used to be a Mythical devil called "Nian" ( Year in mandarin) , which comes during New year destroys all crops , fields and attack smal children.
So to encounter that, a Old person in a village suggested to wear Red couplets and weed of the beast by making huge noises in drums . This trick seemed to have worked and henceforth people display Red lanterns and Shalls in front of their house , symbolically meaning to weed off all bad things.
Mandarin oranges ( Jin Ji in Pinyin) also play an important role in this week long festival. People exchange oranges to their peers and relatives,
They elucidate Good luck , because the homophone of Jinji means good fortune..I ve heard many people say this to me , until I know I was also blinking..:(
So much has happened over last few weeks , and its only 25 days into new year(English) .
I was shocked as everyone else in Satyam Debacle and our Media is not projecting this good either.. Employees must be having horrid time not only in their projects, but also with all this Hype..
As All say Time will heal the problems, Hope new board takes some legitamate decisions and takes care of some 50 K families.
Change was always expected, but a rude change or Shock in this manner totally glooms the rising Indian IT Industry .
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