Today, as most Asians and the rest of the world celebrates the Lunar New Year, let us embrace the warm traditions of the celebration that at its core primarily focuses on the value of family as well as hopes and wishes for good fortune.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 is a year of the water tiger. Known as the king of all beasts in China, the tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and courage.
Chinese traditions of staying up to greet the New Year, giving out red envelopes for luck, wearing lucky colors, and eating lucky food are popular ways of celebrating the Lunar New Year. Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the people of Bacolod City celebrated multiculturalism joining the Chinese community through the institution of the Bacolaodiat Festival.
One of the strengths of a multicultural society that shares celebrations such as the Lunar New Year is that we get to recognize that different people and cultures share so much more in common compared to our differences.
As we celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Chinese community, let us focus on those commonalities rather than the differences and disputes that we have been associating with the government of China due to its aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea.
Even if we have to minimize such activities now that our country is still dealing with the Omicron and holiday powered surge, celebrating New Year is still about valuing family and gatherings. The Lunar New Year is about enjoying the company of loved ones and wishing the best for everyone. We face it filled with hope for a better year ahead and that is why we don lucky colors, eat lucky food, and partake in traditions and decorate homes with good fortune in mind.
We would like to hope that after all the lessons we learned from the turning of the calendar just a month ago, this New Year will give us a better start. Let us celebrate the Lunar New Year with utmost care and safety in mind, while trying to keep traditions alive, so we can still look forward to having our fortunes change for the better in 2022.*