Gōngxǐ fācái (Happy New Year)

Gōngxǐ fācái, Mummy!

Thank you for my “ang powIMG_2109

Gōngxǐ fācái!, Mummy!IMG_2113 Thank you for my “ang powIMG_2112We received “ang pows” (“red” packets with money) from Aunty Vivienne in Malaysia.  They are suppose to bring us more happiness and good luck.IMG_2106What treats shall we buy with our “ang pow” money? And do you think we will have more luck with our squirrel hunting this year?IMG_2115These new versions of the “ang pows” are not exactly RED but it does have monkeys on it – as it is the year of the Monkey!

This is the year of the Monkey.  People born in the Monkey years are said to be smart, clever, witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality. I was born in 2011, which makes me a rabbit. And George was born, we think in 2013 which makes him a Snake! I knew it! Slithering, slimy George!  And Mummy, she’s a Pig, oh, should we say Wild Boar?

And Mummy, how come you didn’t get any? You’re still SINGLE, aren’t you? (Mummy rolling her eyes.)

May’s comment: It’s such a sensitive issue for the givers of ang pows. As much as it is a custom for married people to give ang pows to those who are still single, they have this dilemma. They think the Singletons do not want to be reminded they’re single.  What’s wrong with being single anyway? It’s not a disease nor anything wrong with being single – just a warped idea in the heads of those who are not. As a Singleton, I’ll happily accept any well-stuffed ang pows and associated wishes of happiness and good luck! Thank you very much!

Red packets/envelopes with money inside or “ang pows” or “lai see” are given during the Chinese New Year (or special occasions such as weddings, graduation or birthdays). Red packets are given from married couples to singles, from parents to children, etc, etc. It is hope that the red packets will bring more happiness and good luck to the receivers.IMG_2116Gōngxǐ fācái to all our Chinese friends and to all who celebrate.  May it be a happy and prosperous new year.

Below is a rough guide for the years of the Chinese Horoscopes.

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954
  • Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959

However, if you were born in January or February it may be slightly different as the new year moves between 21 January and February 20.


  1. Christina LeDee

    May Wong, Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. Liz

    Happy new year Darcy, George and of course you May. We hope it’s a happy and prosperous Year of the Monkey for you all. Love Liz Fred and Elsie

  3. DickFirestone

    The year of “spoodle” doesn’t go far enough to tell me if this will be a good year for me…..
    Our wish’s are for your wish’s to come to be,
    Happy New Year

    Melanie, Dick and Jake

  4. julie mcevilly

    Happy new year May, Darcy & George! Hope this new year brings you Health Wealth and Happiness! Hopefully it’s the year your handsome prince arrives in his private jet to whisk you away! (Don’t forget your laptop ) xxx

  5. Rusty

    Happy new year!! Xxx

  6. Cheryl

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what Darcy and George buy with their ang pow money.

  7. cheryl houlton

    Happy new year to all three of you

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