Gung Hei Fat Choi!--
which means--HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
It's the year of the rooster----
It begins to-day and lasts 7 days---
Himself , being Chinese, tells how his Father and Uncles used to roast a pig, and party all week---gambling---"Ma Jung"----he calls it----
All their business' used to close and it was a week long of festivities.
This was Himself's Dad, sitting with his sister. At that time they lived in Kingston, Jamaica."
I never knew his Father---When I used to travel to Jamaica with Himself, his Mother, "APO", we called her, lived in Lucea, Jamaica.
Himself's Dad, and his brother, was sent to Jamaica, from China, to "seek his fortune", so to speak--and they did--- They started Wholesale Grocery business', supplying food all across the island----They owned grocery stores, gas stations and bakeries.
They made the best Jamaican Patties-and -Cocoa bread .
As the family grew, different family members opened hotels at Negril---
I remember Negril when there were no hotels there--just miles and miles of white sand!
our 4 sons
So from a lowly beginning--Himself's Dad--emigrating to Jamaica---Himself, becoming a Canadian citizen, our family began---with Chinese customs instilled on them---Lord love a Duck eh?---(Canadian slang!)-
Gung Hei Fat Choi