"Gong Hei Fat Choi"
"Congratulations and Be Prosperous"
or which is believe to be translate (mistakenly) by
Happy Chinese New Year...
This saying is very commonly heard here in California, to greet each other during Chinese New Year, which starts Today!
China and The Chinese communities abroad celebrate this traditional holiday which is celebrated the 1st day of the Chinese Calendar.
This calendar is a lunisolar and civil calendar (we follow the Gregorian calendar) that it is used for selecting important civil days, such as the day of a wedding or a funeral, for opening a venture, or a relocation or for celebrating Chinese New Year!
They associate as well Zodiac animals to this calendar and 2014 is the year of the horse...
Living In California, we are surrounded by Chinese culture... Specially in San Francisco, and the "Bay area" where the Chinese community is Huge.
The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest event of its kind outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America.
Their festivities are awesome and Chinatown lites during these days...
I wanted to make this card to honour some of my Chinese Friends living here in the area...
I tried to incorporate as many details and symbols as I could related to this holiday, which are:
- the red color (which symbolizes joy, virtue, truth and sincerity) with gold,
- the lanterns,
- the vertical banners (with the saying)
- the diamond shape (with the stencil and the "Tessatina" Border die which symbolizes the arrival of luck, happiness, and prosperity)
- the money... It is customary to give away money in red envelopes...so I tuck in my bill in the card...
- and lastly the horse, which is associated with 2014
Every time that I go to my favorite bakery and restaurants, which are Chinese, I get to practice some little phrases that they have taught me as "Hello", "Thanks" and "Happy New Year" !
so to everybody...
"Gong Hei Fat Choi"
Ok, My friends... I hope you like this Asian looking card to conmemorate Chinese New Year!
Thank you for your visit and keep in touch!