The Lunar New Year 2011

The new year is about tradition, where all the family members gather together and pay respect for the elder, my family is not really a ‘ Chinese’ family, well we have a crescent shape eyes and yellow skin tone, but we can not speak mandarin, we are better Javanese speaker though.. ๐Ÿ™‚

But I loove the tradition, in fact I love tradition from all around the world, it is fascinating, knowing what the reason behind every cultures and things.

:: The seller said that this sticker is the chinese character for “luck” , I use it as a hung pao sealer.., sorry for the upside down photos ๐Ÿ™‚


:: Bunnies finger puppetsย  for Rabbit Year!

And I copied this Chinese tradition and custom during the New Years.. it is fun to read.. (taken from here)

BEFORE NEW YEAR’s EVE

The celebration actually starts on New Year’s Eve with the reunion dinner. By New Yearโ€™s Eve, you should have done the following:

  • Clean the entire home to get rid of all the things that are associated with the old year.
  • Put away all brooms and brushes.
  • Pay all your debts.
  • Resolve differences with family members, friends, neighbors and business associates.
  • Buy the following: – red money envelopes
    – oranges and/or tangerines
    – circular candy tray
    – flowers (especially plum blossom, peach blossom, water lily)
    – a new set of clothes and shoes for children, preferably something red or orange.
  • Get new dollar bills from the bank. Insert the new dollar bills into the red envelopes. Now the red envelope is called a lee see or lucky money envelope. (note: Very few modern families follow all the “cleaning” traditions.)

ON NEW YEARโ€™s EVE:

  • Get together with close family members (not including married daughters and their families) for the “reunion” dinner.
  • Pay respect to ancestors and household gods. Acknowledge the presence of ancestors because they are responsible for the fortunes of future generations.
  • Open every door and window in your home at midnight to let go of the old year.

ON NEW YEARโ€™s DAY:

  • Decorate your home with symbols of good fortune. Here are some suggestions:
    – Colors: Bright red (happiness); gold/orange (wealth & happiness).
    – Fruits: Oranges and tangerines (good health & long life); tangerines with leaves intact (long lasting relationships; fruitful and multiply as in having children); persimmons (happiness and wealth).
    – Circular candy tray (candy for sweet and circular for togetherness).
    – Flowers: If flowers bloom on New Yearโ€™s Day, it will be a prosperous year.
    – Red banners or couplets with New Year wishes and symbols of good fortune in gold.
  • Here are some suggestions for food:
  • – Jai – a combination of food that represents good fortune. Jai comprises of ginkgo nut, black moss, dried bean curd, bamboo shoots, vermicelli and scallion.
  • – Fish and chicken represent prosperity. Always present the fish and chicken as a whole. Do not cut them in pieces. The head, tail and feet (for chicken) must be presented to symbolize completeness.
  • – Noodles represent longevity. Again, they should not be cut.
  • – Desserts include oranges, Chinese New Year cake (ni gao) and prosperous cakes (they look like golden nuggets).

DOโ€™s & DON’Ts on NEW YEARโ€™s DAY:

  • – Greet others with “Gong Xi Fat Choi ” which means “Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth”.
  • – Give two lee seeโ€™s to each child. Because happiness comes in twoโ€™s, do not just give one. This is your way of passing good luck to the next generation. Business owners also give lee seeโ€™s to employees and associates. *well, I don’t know what lee see is.. hehehee
  • – Wear brand new clothes – preferably in red. Children should wear new clothes and new shoes.
  • Donโ€™t wash your hair.
  • – Donโ€™t sweep the floor.
  • – Donโ€™t greet people who are in mourning.
  • – Donโ€™t drop your chopsticks.
  • – Donโ€™t say the number โ€˜fourโ€™ (Chinese homonym for death) or mention death.
  • – Donโ€™t borrow or lend money. *there’s a lot of superstitious things heree…

well, happy Lunar New Year everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

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