Another New Year was celebrated last week - Chinese New Year, which is not linked to the international calendar but to the lunar cycle – hence the change in celebration date each year.
In preparation for their New Year but never on the New Year itself (it's considered bad luck), Chinese traditionally clean their homes thoroughly to sweep away any ill fortune that visited their family over the previous year and welcome good luck instead.
The Chinese also decorate the walls and doorways with special red paper motifs inscribed with auspicious words to bring good fortune and wealth to the families. In Phuket Town, doors are opened to welcome in the Chinese dancing dragons that dance through the streets where the Chinese community is large.
This is the Year of the Dragon.
The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile with each other,
forgive all grudges and wish peace and happiness to everyone.
I feel that this is a good sentiment for us all.
Happy New Year to all in the Year of the Dragon!