Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year(CNY), an important event for Chinese. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. So originally it should be a 15 days event, but for the modern day now, it is impossible the company shut down for 15 days. For Malaysia and Singapore, it will be 2 days public holiday. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".

Eve of Chinese New Year(除夕夜), in Sibu, we normally gather as whole family with the oldest as the central. Traditionally each family will cook some dishes and bring together to the grandparent's place(if not stay together) then we will have the CNY Eve Dinner(年夜饭). Dishes every year almost the same, we will have fish, chicken, duck, fried Foochow noodles, dumplings, mixed vegetables, etc

2010 CNY Eve Dinner

2012 CNY Eve Dinner

On the day of the 1st day of the CNY, my home tradition will have Foochow Redwine Chicken Noodles for breakfast. It is depends on each family, some may not follow traditional and mostly for Buddhist families, they will have vegetarian for breakfast.

During the CNY period, homemade cookies and cakes always the best to serve our guest. My mum always prepared a lot of the cookies.

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