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Celebration of Chinese New Year's Eve on 15th February 2018

 

The Chinese New Year is the most important of the holidays for the Chinese people. It is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar.

The 2018 Chinese New Year’s Eve was celebrated on February 15th in the Generalate. Mother Cecilia Wang welcoming all of us in the chapel, invited us to gather around the table to express our gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ, our Mother Saint Angela and all our sisters who have gone before us. We are grateful for who they are and all that they have done for us. With joy and hope we commemorated our ancestors in this liturgy.
Honoring our ancestors, we offered incense to show them our respect.
We offered wine, that represents our gratitude for what they have done for us.
We offered fruit, that represents the abundant fruits they bore for us.

We followed the Chinese tradition of getting together as a family, and Mother Colette Lignon had a special place in the liturgy. We read Sirach 44:1-15 and the Last Counsel of our Mother St. Angela.

This year the celebration took place during the Enlarged General Council.

We were gathered in the chapel and with “one heart and soul”  and after the liturgy, we had a delicious supper prepared by the tertians. There was a very joyful atmosphere. We were happy to meet each other and exchanged some news, memories and wisdom. As sisters gathered under patronage of St. Angela we were able to understand and welcome each other despite of language barrier.

M. Cecilia also gave each one a red envelope with a gift and a message from Saint Angela. We were invited to say “Gong Xi” (Congratulations) to each other.

 

Here are some pictures of this special moment.

 

You can visit http://www.chinesenewyears.info/ for more information about Chinese New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

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