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Year of Fire Monkey: What It Means

Poi San Leong is looking forward to the Chinese New Year celebration this year. She is a University of South Pacific student completing her Bachelor’s degree in accounting and international
03 Feb 2016 10:20
Year of Fire Monkey: What It Means
Poi San Leong, USP student studying accounting with international tourism. Photo : JESSICA GOUNDER

Poi San Leong is looking forward to the Chinese New Year celebration this year. She is a University of South Pacific student completing her Bachelor’s degree in accounting and international tourism. She and her older two siblings were born here. Her father, Leong Kyewg Poon, is the owner of Hop Hing café at Walu Bay.

 

What is your Chinese New Year wish?

It’s the biggest festival in China and it brings the Chinese out of me. After being in Fiji for 18 years I am basically a Fijian but when I go back to visit my grandparents in China that’s when I get to know how it is celebrated and how much fun it is. They wish all their family and friends good health and happiness and give the kids red envelop and there are a lot of sweets, it’s basically like diwali. The fireworks chases out the evil spirit and bad luck that happened in the past year. It means it’s a fresh start.

 

What does Chinese New Year mean to you?

Chinese New Year always means a lot to me. In the past years, I would always celebrate the Chinese New Year together with my parents and other family members. It is the time for family reunion. This Chinese New Year, I will stay in Fiji.

 

What are your goals for  the Year of the Monkey?

My goals are to pass my exams with good grades.

 

How will you be celebrating Chinese New Year?

I have classes on that day but I will go home early because we have our prayers and we have a feast with the family afterwards and later our parents will give us a red envelop which I am always excited to receive because it’s always money

 

What animal zodiac sign were you born under, and do you think there are similarities between you and your animal sign?

I am born in the Year of the Ox and I feel I am very similar to an Ox because they are very strong. In life there are certain situations where I have to be strong because not always can I depend on my family and friends.

 

Feedback:  jessica.gounder@fijisun.com.fj

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