Saturday, January 25, 2020

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2020: Love, Peace and Harmony

Tikoy (Nián gāo) and Ang pao (Hóngbāo) is a popular Chinese symbol of good luck and prosperity. In the Philippines and among the Chinese-Filipino community, these two are a must-have during special holidays like the Lunar Chinese New Year and other special occasions. 

Ang pao or the red envelope evolved into an all-season object for gift-giving. It is not just given during the Chinese New Year, but also during occasions like birthday and wedding. In the Philippines, we have adopted the giving of Ang pao during Christmas season and other occasions. 

I always like special delicacies and so I also like eating Tikoy which signifies harmony and closeness among the family. It is also the stickiness that symbolizes bonding and togetherness. 

In Binondo, the past couple of years was an auspicious celebration as I have experienced the vibrant and enchanting Chinese New Year celebration. The streets of Binondo offers the best in Chinese culture and tradition that is passed on from generations to generations. 

I remember the kilometer-long street of Ongpin in Binondo when the fun-filled activities happen during the Chinese New Year. The lion and the dragon dance are always colorful and graceful giving positive energy among the watchers. The firecrackers ward off evil spirits and all forms of negativity as they would believe. It's fun and the good vibe would bring in positive mindset and emotion; and that's the essence. 

The Chinese influences my beliefs about prosperity and so I follow the feng shui and the Chinese zodiac in some ways. They are just guide for a positive living. 

The past years are live action experience and the stories will not be forgotten.

Those were the years of celebrating abundance and prosperity. And so for this year and in succeeding years, I may not be able to celebrate it Binondo, but I will still be open to embrace the culture and tradition that gives meaning to life in different perspective.

But above all for this year it's not just about prosperity, it's about love, peace and harmony that must reign in our hearts. That's what we all need at this very moment.

© 2020 Del Cusay