Kung Hei Fat Choi Meaning
January 22, 2012 by staff
Kung Hei Fat Choi Meaning, Ah, the Chinese New Year is upon us. Whether one is of Chinese descent or not, it is so easy to get swept up in celebrating what is also known traditionally as the Spring Festival.
Tikoy, hopia, mooncake? Pinoy, Tsinoy? Kung hei fat choi! That means, Wishing you prosperity and wealth. We splurge on getting charms and trinkets and loud firecrackers to drive evil spirits away, attract good luck, good health, and the blessings of long life.
The Chinese in the Philippines figure in practically the entire history of the country. Others say even beyond.
The first Chinese probably arrived in the archipelago as traders. Porcelain from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) unearthed in construction sites are living proof of the civilized interaction between the pre-Hispanic Filipinos and the Chinese.
Today, Filipino-Chinese communities and Sino-cultural enclaves, or “Chinatowns,” bear witness to how trade, commerce and culture flourished and evolved through the centuries. In Cebu, Davao and Manila there is a Chinatown.
The presence of the Chinese in our history is more than enough reason for Malaca?ang to declare the Chinese New Year as national holiday, practically the first in the calendar year after Jan. 1.
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