Friday, 20 January 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Poetry for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the happiest times in the calendar. Rather than dwelling on misfortunes, we look forwards with hope, optimism and determination. We look around us and appreciate the blessings given to us by our families, friends and colleagues.

Traditional red fai cheun (red banners with traditional good wishes) hang everywhere. The good wishes are tailored to audiences (at Brandon Learning Centre we wish our students good progress with their studies!) We also make our own, less traditional fai cheun by writing acrostic poems.


Here is how you do it:

Choose a blessing for your family such as "happiness" or "peace" and write it vertically on a piece of red paper. For each letter, write a few words expressing your good wishes. Roll your paper into a scroll and tie it with a gold ribbon. Once you have finished your poem, you can read aloud and present the scroll to your family.



Prosperity, joy and comfort
Excellence, progress and fulfillment
At this time and for whole year.
Cherish each other, and
Every blessing will be yours

Kung Hei Fat Choi!