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My name is Jun, I am 8 years old.
My first language is Chinese and Jun is a Chinese name meaning 'truthful'.
I go to gymnastics and dancing whenever I can and I love writing stories.
I hate fish, and other slimy things.
I have two younger twin brothers.

My Red Envelope

Happy Chinese New Year! Or Gong Xi Fa Choi as we say in Chinese.

Did you know that Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival? That's because it looks to the coming of spring and the start of new life after winter. Chinese New Year is a huge festival! It lasts 15 days. We have lots of traditions during the celebrations, to help bring us good luck in the year ahead! Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? What have you done to celebrate this year?

I've been waiting the whole week to open a special present from my Grandma, which she gave me on the first day of Chinese New Year. It's a little red envelope, with money inside. In the Chinese tradition, red is a really lucky colour. Kids all over the world who celebrate Chinese New Year are given little red envelopes from older members of their family, to bring them good luck.

I'm not opening mine yet because we believe that to receive good fortune for the year, we should sleep with our envelope tucked underneath our pillow for seven nights. Have you ever been given a present that you are not allowed to open straight away? It's exciting and frustrating at the same time, don't you think?!

Each night, when I lay my head on my pillow, I think of all the good things that I wish this year to bring. I want everyone in my family to keep healthy, especially my Grandma. She's getting older and needs lots of rest these days. I want have lots of crazy adventures with my Go-Givers friend. I also wish for my little twin brothers to stop squabbling all the time, which drives Mum mad! As for me, well...I want something exciting to happen. Maybe, just maybe, this year I will get one step closer to my dream of being a world-famous gymnast!

What are your Chinese New Year wishes?

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