Used to be when our forefathers wished everybody ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’, it really meant to Fa Cai (Prosper $$$).
Nowadays, due to current standards of political correctness, Fa Cai now is taken to denote prosper in wellbeing, health, etc.
Used to be sounds of them festively noisy chinese gongs, drums and earth shattering firecrackers from the 1st to 15th day of the Chinese New Year.
My mom told me, how in her teenage days, Chinese New Year meant watching the local sifu doing his kungfu stuff with the dragon’s head – prancing on the ground and taking high leap up the roof to the accompaniment of the robust ‘dong, dong, dong, chiang!’ rhythm from the dragon dance troop.
Huh… my mom’s exciting experience I would never be able to feel (!)
Recently, on a trip to Melaka, I heard a damn good singer doing his stuff in Jonker Walk. Chang Xue Chung, I think his name is.
Here, play this for your mom and pop and bring them back to their glorious youth era again.
Hope everybody’s homecoming reunion trip is working out, especially our homeland brothers and sisters.
Happy New Year!