In China, this celebration of the changing of the year is accompanied by house cleaning, to sweep away any trace of bad luck and make way for the good. It’s also a time to welcome family into the home, to join together and celebrate around the table, to wish all peace, harmony and prosperity -- and there’s no better way to get in the wishing spirit than with a belly full of fantastic food and having a few glasses of a well matched wine or beer. Well, that’s a very happy New Year indeed!
We should take a lesson from the Chinese New Year’s traditions: forgetting and forgiving a year's transgressions, petty and major, while wishing all a peaceful and happy year to come. Let us all join in this celebration.