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