A Lunar New Year’s Story: Gong Hey Fat Choy

Editor’s Note:In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, I am sharing with you one of my favorite new year’s stories written byVen. Master Xin Yun (Master Hsing Yun). You can either read the text below or hit the play on the video provided. Whichever way you want as long as you get the message behind this story is fine with me – and also, if you can answer the question at the end of this post, that will be appreciated! (All the pictures used in this post were compiled from different sources using Google Images. Thank you very much to the individual sources.)

Gong Hey Fat Choy !

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


On a rainy night of New Year’s Eve, a lonely little girl was saddened by the disagreements that brought upon her family members.

Little girl sadly said, “It’s Chinese New Year’s Eve, but it’s been raining all day long. New Year is coming but everyone is not in a good mood. Brother insists on buying a new motorcycle. Dad, Mom, and Brother are quarreling about it again.”

Dad told to Brother, “Can’t you use the old motorcycle ? You just know how to spend money !”

Mom also said to Brother,”The economy is bad, why don’t you just use the old one ?”

Brother angrily said, “The old motorcycle breaks down all the time, you can use it ! I won’t !”

“It’s your fault. You have spoiled him !”, Dad said to Mom.

Little girl asked herself, “It’s New Year, but why is everyone unhappy ?”.

“Kitty, can you tell me how to make everyone happy for the New Year?”, asked the little girl to her cat.

Then, outside the window, the little girl looked four old men were coming, “Dad, Mom, look ! Brother, come and see, quick !”

Mom said to the old men, “Ah, it’s raining so heavily, Sirs, please come in for shelter !”

Old man #1 said, “Haha, thank you for your kindness, Madam. But we have a rule, only one of the four of us can come in. Who do you wish to invite in ?”

The four old men then introduced themselves one by one.

Old man #2 : “I am Wealth.”

Old man #3 : “I am Success.”

Old man #4 : “I am Well-being.”

Old man #1 said with a laugh, “Haha, everyone calls me Harmony.”

Dad said to the four old men, “Surely we should invite in Wealth, then we can have a comfortable life !”

Brother said, “No, no, choose Success ! I want my family to be proud of me !”

Mom said, “Wait a moment ! I think Well-being is the most important !”

Dad exclaimed, “Wealth !”

Brother exclaimed, “Success !”

Mom exclaimed, “Well-being !”

Little girl asked to her mother, “Mom, Mom, What is harmony ? Why don’t you invite in Harmony ?”

Dad said, “Yes, you’re right ! Why don’t we invite in Harmony ? New Year is here, we should be harmonious. Let’s invite Mr. Harmony in, then !”

Seeing that all of the four old men came in together, little girl’s father said, “Eh ? I thought you said only one of you can come in ? Why did all of you come in ?”

Old men #1 replied,”Haha, we have another rule. If Harmony enters, Well-being, Success and Wealth will follow.”

Little girl happily said, “Now I understand. To be happy is to be in harmony.”


Now, here is the video (word of caution: if you would like to concentrate on the captioning, turning off the volume will extremely help!)

Now (again!) , here is the question: If you were to select three of the following attributes to a wonderful life, which would they be? Choose among the pictures below.

1. Light

2. Serenity

3. Faith

4. Family

5. Intelligence

6. Fortune

7. Creativity

8. Love

9. Strength

10. Luck

11. Body Sustenance

12. Cleansing

13. Humility

What are your answers? Share it here.


  1. Love – because that is the strongest and most easily replenished power in the world.

    Faith – so that I can believe in things I can’t see yet enough to keep working at making them a reality.

    Humility – so that I can learn from my mistakes.

  2. Thank you for a beautiful story for the new lunar year of the dragon…I am a dragon. Continued Success and a very Happy New Year. Jay

  3. Dicky says:

    I also posted an article on my blog http://dickyto.com/2012/01/22/happy-chinese-new-year/#more-575

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  4. Tara says:

    Most definitely love.

  5. AlohaKarina says:

    A wonderful story. Also, the photography here is so gorgeous. I am saving this to re-read again later. Thank you!

  6. Reblogged this on iLook China.

  7. Reblogged this on Prepare To Cross Over and commented:
    You may be surprised by the message.

  8. arjungabriel says:

    very very cute story, alongside some colorful photos. congrats and yes happy new year to you.

  9. EllaDee says:

    Love the Blog. I choose Faith, Light & Humility because as with Harmony by choosing those 3, well even if you only choose Faith, everything else comes.
    Happy New Year.

  10. neilzyeung says:

    新年快樂! Best of luck in the coming year. Thanks for liking my blog! -n

  11. Fantastic images..thank you for posting!

  12. zentalks says:

    What a lovely story! Thank you so much!

  13. Great post Judith. Without harmony, nothing else matters. This year of the Dragon, let us all strive to get along with those that matter most in our lives in addition to those that don’t.

  14. eof737 says:

    Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year! Gorgeous pictures! ;-)

  15. I would select humility, faith and love.

    “Humility is a necessary veil to all other graces.”
    William Gurnall

  16. Awesome pictures!! The three I would pick are faith, family, and humility.

  17. haroldmillet says:

    Love, Faith and Humility

  18. E A M Harris says:

    Thank you for the story and for the lovely pictures.
    May the Year of the Dragon be a good one for you.

  19. StillValerie says:

    Thanks for sharing this story. I recall hearing a version of it some time ago, but it is always a good reminder.

    My three attributes for a wonderful life are LOVE, SERENITY/PEACE, and one that is not on your list, JOY. I believe these three attributes are the essence of who we all are and if we connect more with them we connect more with all beings. How to do this, read here for a suggestion:

    Kung Hei Fat Choy!

  20. lisparc says:

    Reblogged this on lisparc.

  21. lisparc says:

    Reblogged this on http://lisparc.wordpress.com. Thanks.

  22. AMSDaily says:

    Thank you for reblogging this on your blog Living4Bliss!


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