GONG XI FA CAI 2006
- A pair of mandarin oranges (called "kum" in Cantonese, which also means "gold") with lots of wishes to one and all for wealth and prosperity!
- Some really cute angpows (red packets) with cut-out/flip-up cartoon characters - the young ones should be fairly amused with these.
- Multi-colored melon seeds, the first time I've seen the same hit the streets and homes of Singapore - the brown ones are coffee-flavored, the lilac ones are lavender-flavored, the green ones are of course green tea-flavored... the ingenuity of retailers!
The peony, a symbol of Spring and also of good fortune, prosperity and wealth. It is rare to find a real peony in Singapore and so we make do with lovely silk reproductions, which can then last the whole year through!
Wishing one and all Chinese readers GONG XI FA CAI (wishes of prosperity) and XIN NIAN KUAI LE (happy new year) for this 4704th Lunar New Year of the Dog!