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Chinese Festivities.

A Southern paper thus descants on thf_. Chinese celebration of their New Year, on the Otago Goldfield:—Our Celestial fellow-citizens are at present . holding high-holiday, the occasion being t c, advent of the New Year according to Mongolian calculations. The exact moment when another unit was added to the many thousands of Chinese chronology was at one o'clock on Monday morn ing, and was celebrated by a terrific dis charge of fireworks in front of the store known by the sign of ''Kwong Wy Kee," accompanied by a lavish consumption oi incense tapers, the pouriDg out upon the ground libations of brandy, muttered incantations, genuflections and sundry other rites and ceremonies. The usual explanation of the pyrotechnic part of the performance as given by the Europeans who are supposed to know is, that "it is done to drive away the devil," though why his Sable Majesty should have any dread of what is sup- , posed to be his own peculiar element is rather puzzling to Western minds. Probably the trite remark, " Chinaman no all the same Englishman," used by Chinamen themselves when reasoned with on some of their peculiarities, may apply to their respective Princes of Darkness. Today (Tuesday) banqueting will begin, and invitations will be extended to "Fan quees " (Europeans) to partake of many a savory mess, flavoured with sauce.and preserves, piquant enough to tickle the palate of the veriest epicure, or whet the appetite of tbe most fastidious alderman ; nor will the flowing bowls of the brands 11 Tommyhawk," or J.D.K.Z , be wanting to wash it down withal. Joking apart, however undesirable John may be in some respects as a colonist, we needn't grudge him his fun and festivity, and we may at this time wish him in all sincerity ." kung he fat soy."

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Chinese Festivities., Thames Star, Volume XV, Issue 4706, 6 February 1884

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Chinese Festivities. Thames Star, Volume XV, Issue 4706, 6 February 1884