Ok, first on Mickey. This was a few weeks back, way before the new year decorations were up and one seller mentioned to me that it's going to be a Mickey Mouse year ahead. I was a lil puzzled and was actually thinking - 'Is there a new Mickey - Walt Disney movie?'. Of course, then he pointed that it's the rat year coming. That's one lucky animal to be named after a famous character. In fact there's another, as later, I've seen the mouse 'Jerry' (from Tom & Jerry) popping up in the decorations too.
On to the New Year Greetings. Like many other Chinese New Year customs, the greetings are also very important to the Chinese. So, here is a list of greetings which I would like to wish all of you, apart from the Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year) & Gong Xi Fa Cai (Congratulations & Prosperity).
Bu Bu Gao Sheng (Steady progress)
Nian Nian You Yu (Bountiful & surplus each year)
& Ji Xiang Ru Yi (Wish for everything to run well)
So to all, enjoy your New Year goodies, the reunion dinner with your families, meeting up with friends... and not to forget giving & receiving ang pows!
Here's to a great 'Mickey Mouse' year ahead! :)