Chinese New Year

goat

It’s coming up to our second Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia. Soon we will proceed from the year of the horse to the year of the goat. We’ve just spent a few days in KL and were struck by the buzz created by this festival. The shopping centre near our hotel had stalls selling everything from baked goods to large ceramic goats in all the mezzanine areas. The crowds were dense and there was an air of excitement. Outside our hotel, musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments and dancers flourishing fans performed on a raised platform. Almost every shop has special Chinese New Year windows and promotions guaranteeing prosperity. All sorts of  things will bring you prosperity: eating a mandarin, planting a kumquat tree, serving your guests long noodles. McDonalds Malaysia even has a “prosperity burger”!

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