Ushering the Year of the Dragon

by Kok Jun Sern

Photo credit: 熊大 旅遊趣

As the vibrant festivities of Chinese New Year envelop us in their warm embrace, it’s hard not to be swept away by the sense of renewal and positivity in the air.

Growing up, I’ve always been deeply moved by the traditions of this auspicious season. But beyond the glittering decorations, ang pao, well wishes and sumptuous feasts lies a deeper truth – a truth that resonates with the very core of our identity.

From a young age, I’ve been reminded by my elders of the importance of ushering in the new year with words of positivity, donning fresh attire, and trying to be as happy as we can. All these symbolise something good or positive.

And the food, how can we forget about the scrumptious food? As I grew older I realised that Chinese New Year dishes has a significant symbolism. From the yee sang (for rising in abundance), to the nian kou or glutinous rice cakes (for attaining higher achievements year on year), to the hou see or oysters (for wealth and good business), yu or fish and ha or prawns (for abundance and happiness), and the many sweet delicacies (for sweetening the year, of course!).

Each tradition, each ritual, is steeped in meaning, serving as a poignant reminder of the abundance of blessings that await us in the new year.

One of the most striking aspects of Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the vibrant display of new attire. The bright colours and intricate designs not only captivate the eye but also serve as a visual representation of the radiant possibilities that lie ahead, infusing our surroundings with a sense of optimism.

But what resonates with me most deeply is the power of language during this festive season. Phrases like “Xin Nian Kuai Le” and “Gong Xi Fa Cai” are more than just words or wishes; they are affirmations.

For me, Chinese New Year is not just a time of celebration; it’s a practice of affirmations and renewal. It’s about aligning our thoughts with our goals, about communicating and setting our intentions with clarity and purpose.

Whether it’s striving for better health, greater wealth, increased happiness, or nurturing stronger bonds with loved ones, each wish uttered and communicated is a declaration of our aspirations.

Wishing others can also be heartfelt blessings, imbued with the collective hopes and dreams of our community. It’s a beautiful reminder of the importance of speaking positivity into existence, of manifesting our aspirations through the power of language.

As we welcome the new year, let us do so with unwavering conviction and boundless joy. Let us embrace the traditions that bind us together as a community, and let us step into the new year with hearts full of hope and anticipation for the blessings that await.

So, as the Lunar New Year dawns upon us, I would like to remind… oops! I would like to wish you a joyous, prosperous, abundantly blessed and Happy New Year!

Keong Hee Huat Chai, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Kuai Le, Xin-Xiang Shui-Zherng, Xen Ti Jian Kang, Huat Ah!

Kok Jun Sern is a HRDC Certified Trainer, Communication & Public Speaking Coach, Emcee, Voice Over Specialist and helps people to communicate effectively.