Thank you client! I nearly missed welcoming the Year of the Horse! Chinese New Year (CNY) is completely absent India… and I was missing the celebrations…
After being in Singapore during CNY, this time of year is incomplete without all the gorgeous red lanterns everywhere, the loud drums and cymbals heralding the coming of the dragon or lion dance… and then the crazy antics of the lion dance acrobats!
I was beginning to feel like I’d completely skipped what is a seriously big festival in Asia!
But thanks to the latest project in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, every where I go, there are signs of celebrations.
On the second day of our training, the participants big boss came to hand out the bright red envelopes to the young unmarried employees.
No surprise a favourite phrase seen everywhere in various versions is Gong Hei Fat Choi (恭喜發財,利是逗來) which I understand is roughly translated as “Congratulations and be prosperous, now give me a red envelope!”
I have a good feeling about the Year of the Horse… who would decline happiness, prosperity and all that good stuff?