Gung Hay Fat Choy in English translates to “Happy New Year!” The web says that in Cantonese these words may also mean „may prosperity be with you' or „Congratulations.‟ Indeed, may prosperity be with us for in no time in recent history has our prosperity - individually, nationally and globally - been threatened as it is being threatened right now. China celebrates a new year today. Traditionally, the Chinese clean their houses, purchase new clothes, get their hair cut, gather the family for a special feast and hand out red envelopes containing yuans to their closest and dearest. It is also their tradition to repay any money they owe before the New Year comes and set off fireworks to scare away evil spirits.
This might not be a bad idea in the States. This year is the Year of the Ox for China. The Ox year is generally regarded as a year of stability and growth where patience and diligence pays off - a year of Harvest. Hmmm.