Wednesday, 30 January 2008

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2008, THE YEAR OF THE RAT

Chinese New Year is here! It seemed like only yesterday that I was preparing for our Raya holidays, then Xmas, New Year and now Chinese New Year's just round the corner! The Spring Festival, or celebration of the first day of spring (in China anyway) and worldwide according to the Chinese Lunar calendar.

When I was young, this is the most important festival of all, it's a time for gathering, receiving red packets, eating, visiting and meeting all my cousins in my grandparents home.

Below are the list of all things that reminded me of Chinese New Year, some I have in the house and I do try not to have an overdose of red-ness all over, from decorations to the kiddies costume.

GONG HEI FATT CHOY EVERYONE AND MAY YOU BE BLESSED WITH GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY IN THE YEAR OF THE RAT :)


THE ALL IMPORTANT TEA CEREMONY WHERE THE CHILDREN SERVE CHINESE TEA TO THEIR PARENTS AND ELDERS AS SIGN OF RESPECT




RED PACKET OR ANGPOWS FOR THE THOSE NOT MARRIED, IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE



THE VERY SWEET NIAN KUO FOR ALL THE SWEET RETURNS OF THE YEAR




THE ALL IMPORTANT RICE URN MUST BE KEPT FULL AS SIGN OF FOOD APLENTY AND GOOD FORTUNE FOR THE COMING YEAR




CHILDREN IN THEIR CHINESE COSTUMES




CHINESE NYONYA BASKET TO KEEP ORANGES & GOODIES AT HOME OR TO GIVE AWAY




WULOU OR WATER GUORD, FOR GOOD HEALTH AND LONGEVITY





THE LION DANCE BRINGING NEW AND HAPPY ENERGIES TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES






THE RED LANTERN IN ALMOST EVERY CHINESE HOME OR WEDDING HOMES INDICATING A CELEBRATION




ORANGES OR KAM (WHICH SOUNDS GOLD IN CHINESE) FOR AN ABUNDANCE OF WEALTH, NO HOUSE IS COMPLETE WITHOUT PLENTY OF ORANGES. EVEN THE LION DANCE TROUP WILL 'ROLL IN' ORANGES AS A SIGN OF ROLLING IN GOLD







RED PACKET OR OTHER DECOR HANGING ON PUSSY WILLOW PLANTS IN THE HOUSE