Friday, February 12, 2010

CNY Means ... (1/5) - Red!

Chinese New Year means everything is red. With a capital R.

Chinese New Year, which starts on Sunday 14 Feb, is an annual festival celebrated by more than one billion Chinese people around the world. Red, being an auspicious and lucky colour for the Chinese, dominates everything from decorations to food.

For those who are not familiar with this festival, Chinese New Year is like Christmas. Except that you get cash gifts in red packets instead of presents. And except that you do not have to give anything in return if you are not married. See, it's already 10 times better.

Jokes aside, I have not always liked this 15-day celebration. During my angsty teenager years, I tried to avoid social gatherings with extended family members at all costs. But over the last few years, I have learned to embrace and appreciate its significance. Mainly because it is the only time of the year that I reunite with my family and childhood friends in Ipoh, Malaysia.

So, over the next few posts, I will share with you what Chinese New Year means to me now. Stay tuned.

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7 comment(s):

Anonymous February 12, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

Party time! Kong hee fatt choy! Have a great trip overseas, looking forward to more gorgeous photos!

foodwink February 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

Hi figjamlimecordial - Party time indeed! Kong hee fatt choy to you too :) Thanks for your lovely comments.

joey@FoodiePop February 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Love all the red! I thought you'd put in pics of red objects totally unrelated to the Chinese culture!

Sydney Shop Girl February 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Kong Hee Fatt Choy, foodwink! Looking forward to reading more. May you receive many ang pao :-)

Julie February 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

Happy chinese new year! Gong hei fat choi :). Look forward to the upcoming posts!

Belle@Ooh, Look February 13, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

Can't wait to receive all those red envelopes! Happy new year to you, too!

foodwink February 16, 2010 at 1:27 AM  

Hi Joey - Hehe, a very nice idea for next year's CNY :)

Hi Sydney Shop Girl - Kong Hee Fatt Choy to you too :) Hehe, love angpows!

Hi Julie - Thanks for dropping by. Happy CNY to you too

Hi Belle - Happy CNY. May you received many red packets :)

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