Chinese migrants came to Jamaica as indentured workers, and, later established themselves mostly as bakers, shopkeepers, and restauranteurs. Chinese cuisine is firmly rooted in our culture as much as we have grown accustomed to thinking that most if not all wholesales are Chinese-owned and operated.
Maintaining links to old traditions, some Chinese in Jamaica still celebrate the chinese new Year, usually with a large celebratory dinner with family. The Chinese Benevolent Society also hosts events at that time.
The Chinese (Hakka) greeting “Kung hei fat choi”, which loosely translates to “Congratulations and be prosperous” is often assumed to be synonymous with “Happy New Year”.
Scotiabank calendar 2010, February
Chinese New Year is celebrated in Jamaica still.
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