Chinese New Year 2012

Jan 23, 2012 in ,

*I posted this originally on Fanscene, but edited it a bit here to be more personal. :)

Happy Lunar New Year to all of the dear readers at Fanscene who celebrate it! It's officially the year of the dragon! For those of you who may not know, the Chinese calendar consists of 12 animals, each representing a different year. Last year was the year of the rabbit.

"Kung hei fat choi" is the Cantonese version of "gong xi fa cai," the most popular well wishing that the Chinese say during this time. I've been waiting for a while for this tweet, hehehe.

The Lunar New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar, and lasts for a grand total of 15 days. That means two whole weeks of celebrating, and delicious food! One of our customs is the "hong pau," red packets filled with money. Married adults will gives these to children to wish them good luck in the coming year. Designs vary, but a lot of the packets follow the theme of whatever animal the year is, and almost all are red and rectangular.

The Chinese have lots of delicious food during this time, and my family usually has hot pot (called steamboat here) for the reunion dinner, which occurs on the eve - last night. All kinds of food goes in - meat, noodles, vegetables, fish pastes, dumplings, wantons, and the highlight is the seafood. The picture below is what my family had in 2010! Everything goes into the pot.

More food! I had these last night at my uncle and aunt's place hahaha. There were some other stuff, but I didn't upload them all.

Siew yok - roasted pork
Spring rolls!

Lou sang/yee sang! It isn't practiced everywhere, but it's been gaining popularity. People usually shout "lou!" as they all put their chopsticks in. I'll let the pictures talk now…

Before. Isn't it all organized?
After we "lou"
I saw a family doing the lou sang on TV a few days ago, and one man lifted up the whole plate HAHA. It was funny, not to mention messy. I liked the lou sang. :)

Video from Beijing:

PS. If you want to see more celebrations, you might want to check out CCTV's special. It's quite spectacular!