GONG XI FA CAI! Thanks for coming out and celebrating Chinese New Year with us! I brought some friends along to share this auspicious holiday with you Please welcome… Elmo! I love Chinese New Year! Abby Cadabby! Oh this is going to be so magical! …Add a dash of soy… Gong xi fa cai! Happy New Year! Luck and Joy! Gong xi fa cai! Happy New Year! Luck and Joy! Gong xi fa cai! Happy New Year! Luck and Joy! Gong xi fa cai! Happy New Year! Luck and Joy! Great to have you guys with us What’s so special about a new year? Oscar, Chinese New Year represents new beginnings and fresh starts! What else can you tell us about Chinese New Year? Well, Chinese New Year is known as Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival! It’s a holiday that’s filled with many traditions and auspicious symbols! For example, everyone sees red during Chinese New Year From decorations to clothing! Elmo! Elmo’s red all the time! Oh yeah does that make Elmo um.. ausp, auspice what’s that word you said? Elmo can’t remember I think you mean Auspicious! It means favourable or in this case, lucky! Guys, i’m so impressed that you’re so eager to learn about this prosperous holiday! Oh, can you guys tell me what this is? A bowl? No, Oscar… A bowl with veggies in it? yusheng! Eh hey! No need for name calling! No, it’s called yusheng, also known as lo-hei! It’s a popular Chinese New Year dish! It symbolises abundance, prosperity and vigour! Errr, Elmo doesn’t know what any of those words mean In short it means good fortune! You guys want to help me prepare the Lo-Hei? Oh Elmo wants to! We first start with Fish! Well you’re in luck! I happen to have a fish with me! Ew! That smells really bad! The smellier the better! Hehehehehh How about we use some fresh fish instead? Errr Suit yourself Now i’m going to place the fish in the bowl. Meaning, abundance! It means good luck and smooth sailing! Good luck and smooth sailing! hahahaha! Oh oh, can it be Elmo’s turn now? Sure Elmo! Next we take the pepper and dash it on top of the fish Good! Oh just a little bit… Now we will add the oil to the Lo-Hei! You’re in luck, I found some oil in the trash the other day! Shall I do the honours? NO OSCAR!! DON’T Bah! Okay, all finished! That’s all the ingredients. Thanks Oscar! Yeah yeah yeah don’t mention it. Nothing like a little dance number to hurry things along Yeah so now what? Oh now we grab our chopsticks! With our chopsticks we’re going to toss it as high in the air and shout HUAT AH! And I encourage everybody to shout HUAT AH with us too! Get your chopsticks ready! Come on magic let’s Lo-Hei! 1, 2, 3 HUAT AH!!! Wow, that was some toss! Me forget me special Chinese New Year surprise! You did Cookie Monster? So sweet of you! Yeap, it me very own Cookie Monster Fortune Cookie Wow that is some fortune cookie! Yeap, and me put a special Cookie Monster message inside Here you go! Alright, let’s see what the fortune cookie message is What does it say? Live life to the fullest and eat cookies until you’re full And now Cookie Monster has cookies for everyone! Hurry! While supplies last! Gong xi fa cai and HAPPY NEW YEAR!