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Goodbye, Sheep. Hello, Monkey!

Submitted by on February 7, 2016 (2 years ago)
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Goodbye, Sheep. Hello, Monkey!In the spirit of this year’s Chinese New Year celebration, I am blogging about the common misconceptions regarding the Filipino-Chinese people and traditions in general.

Here it goes…

1. Pula para swelte!

Wrong. Red shirts and dresses are usually worn during Chinese New Year not because it’s swerte per se, but because it wards off malas. In the ancient days, it is believed that a dragon disturbed the peace in a village and it was only on New Year ’s Eve that the villagers hanged red cloths and lanterns and the dragon fled away because it was scared of the color red.

2. Dami Ang Pao, dami pera!

Wrong. Ang Pao, a small red envelope with Chinese characters, are given away not to be spent on whims and caprices. It is given to family members so as to signify luck and prosperity. It must be kept inside the wallet the whole year round to attract money.

3. Intsik = Kuripot!

Wrong. The apt word should be matipid. I say for certain that most Fil-Chinese households are not kuripot. It just boils down to the fact that we value our hard-earned money. Let me share to you my own taste of this “hard-earned money” concept. Growing up, I enjoyed being pampered. But as soon as I graduated from college, I was warned by my dad that he’ll cut off my allowance as well as my cards. Why? Because I had to earn for myself. Either I work...