In preparing for the Chinese New Year, houses are thoroughly cleaned. It is the time when people get together and have a reunion feast. People also go to local monastery to worship to start their first day of the year.
Chinese red scrolls are commonly seen as fixture for decorating the houses. Prayers and auspicious words in Chinese calligraphy have been used in the tradition dated back for thousands of years.
On Feburary 22, 2015, neighbors of GEBIS, and local study group members have been invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with Buddhist monks in their Little Sands campus. Braving the weather and icy road condition from Charlottetown, hospitality by the monks have made the trip so memorable and worthwhile.
The visitors expressed and wanted to relay their gratitude for being invited to tour and visit the monastery. They further shared how they all felt a sense of peace, happiness, calmness and goodness at the monastery.