Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) or Gong Hay Fat Choy (Cantonese)! Sunday is Chinese New Year and it is the year of the Snake! A year in Singapore introduced us to Chinese New Year and there we greeted each other with the Mandarin Gong Xi Fa Cai. Our lovely Singaporean friends generously included us in their family celebrations and that was a highlight of our time there. The unit for Chinese Ellipse Balls (yes, a terrible title!) started out as a snowman made of ovals that I then put into a radial repeat.