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Luck, Spring and the Lunar New Year

Firecrackers and the red color chase the demons away. Tree blossoms symbolize the coming of Spring. All around Asia, people welcome the Lunar New Year, Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac.

by Living Cambodia Team, 03 Feb. 2019

Between the "civil" New Year on January 1st and the Khmer New Year in April, people around Cambodia are happily celebrating the Lunar New Year this week, particularly in its Chinese version. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the last of the 12-year lunar cycle, the Year of the Pig.

Cymbal and drums, fireworks and bonfires, push the bad spirits away. Red pockets (envelops) are gifted as a way to ensure that the elders' good fortune will be passed onto the new generations. In Mandarin Chinese, the wish expressed during the celebrations: gong xi fa cai (恭喜发财), meaning “congratulations on the Fortune.”

Several MAADS hotels are joining the festivities by presenting guests with red envelops, and entering prizes (complimentary stays) in the competition to be held on Weibo, the hugely popular social media platform.

Greeting Card on Weibo

And at TeaHouse, our urban Asian hotel in Phnom Penh, a mouth-watering New Year menu celebrating Chinese cuisine will be paired with a wide selection of teas...or with wine. After all, Chinese traditions have developed a specific rice wine just for the New Year, niánjiǔ (年酒), "the year alcohol"!

All you want to know about Chinese New Year here.