Saturday, February 13, 2010

GONG XI FA CAI ... HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE ROARING TIGER!


"HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR"/ "GONG XI FA CAI"/ "KONG HEI FATT CHOY"


Based on the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year will be celebrated tomorrow, 14 February, Sunday, marking the start of the Year of the Tiger. The celebration lasts for 15 days ending with 'Chap Goh Mei' as the last day.

The buzz and preparations have already started more than a month ago and as we head closer to 14 Feb, one can feel the excitement and anticipation escalate. This escalation often reaches its highlight in the form of massive traffic jams along the highways of Malaysia as everyone rushes back to their original hometown for the family reunion dinner on the eve of new year (which is today). Anyway, for my family, this year will be a quiet and simple New Year as we remember and deeply miss our phenomenally amazing Mom who passed on a year ago.

For most, lanterns, cherry blossom and peony flowers decorations, pussy willows, blinking lights, firecrackers and all sorts of new ornaments are exhibited to maximum red effect by shops and residential houses alike. Red is the auspicious color for the Chinese culture.

At every corner one turns to at shopping malls, one cannot escape the audible upbeat tempo of Chinese New Year songs that reverberate through the air, and it's hard to not hum along the beat and drums if you know the lyrics! With Chinese New Year songs, you either hate them or love them. I simply love them! With all their chaotic music arrangements and drum beats! Even though my Chinese language skills is "less than a quarter bucket full", hold on tight and don't fall of your chair when I belt out (at full capacity of my lungs!) the full lyrics (yes, in Chinese!) of "Cai Shen Tau" ("The God of Prosperity Has Arrived")!! When we were little, my sisters and I got one of our friends, who went to a Chinese school and who mastered the language well, to translate the lyrics into "ABC" form for us. Ever since the numerous practices and memorizing processes we painstakingly went through during our younger days, the lyrics somehow stuck in my mind, albeit could be out of tune when I sing it ;).



Chinese New Year is also a time where the nurseries are abound with stocks of various plants and flowers and their businesses boom sky high. The Chinese believe that adorning the house with live plants and flowers signify boundless positive energy and welcomes good luck. Needless to say, most popular ones are the lime plants, pussy willows, chrysanthemum plants and flowers and many other gorgeous blooms like the famed and fabulous hydrangeas (my favorite!). So, from my small little 'potted garden', here's wishing all of you...


...an abundance of prosperity, peace, joy, longevity and togetherness


'Ji Guan Hua'/'Cockscomb Flower'

...may the Year of the Tiger empower you with more great blessings and possibilities for all your good dreams and wishes!




Drive safely & Cheers for the New Year!

32 comments:

  1. The Ji Guan Hua is so pretty - looks like a trumpet!

    Happy Lunar New Year....Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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  2. Happy Chinese New Year!

    Gong Xi Fa Cai

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  3. Gong Xi Fatt Zai and HVD to you and family!!

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  4. I love all your lovely flowers,wishing you happy chinese new year and good health

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  5. Happy Chinese New Year! Best wishes to you!

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  6. Happy Chinese New Year too :)! Pity nobody is going to give me red envelopes anymore...;-)

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  7. Sounds like a great celebration! Love the flowering plants! Happy Lunar New Year!

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  8. Gong Hei! Gong Hei! Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

    Have fun this CNY! ....from us both sunny & sid

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  9. Hi Nyonya, kong hei fatt choy and all the very best of the Tiger year to you and family.
    Love the pics here and enjoyed your posting.
    Regret I can't sing any of those CNY songs....can speak, cannot sing...Chinese I mean.
    Sing...boleh, like, "the way you look tonight", *wink*.
    Happy new year, Nyonya...you stay young, stay beautiful and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

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  10. Happy new year! The citrus plants are so beautiful!

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  11. I do can feel the festive atmosphere from your entry, thanks! :D
    happy new year! :)

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  12. Hello there!! A bit late here ... But would still like to wish you & your family a Happy Lunar New Year in the Year of the Tiger! May luck and prosperity be with y'all in this New Year!!

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  13. wow...I love flowers!! This year is my year, ya... I am tiger! Not so good for me as I "fan tai sui", need to pray hard!!hahahaa....

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  14. Happy Chinese new year, best wishes dear!

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  15. Happy New Year and Happy Cooking ! Cheers !

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  16. Gong Xi Fa Chai... lovely flowers...
    Nice recipe.

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  17. Hi Petit Nyonya, happy Tet! I am in Vietnam for Tet, hope you have a wonderful year too! I love being in Asia, hopefully next year I will come to Malaysia and will drop you a line for some Peranakan restaurant recommendations! Luiz @ The London Foodie

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  18. Happy Belated Chines New year!! Yeah!!

    Welcome back!! I missed your posts!

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  19. Happy New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!! :)

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  20. Gong Hay Fat Choy! I love the look of your little tree with the mini oranges!

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  21. Hi Sweetie,
    'gong xi fatt chai' & 'xin nien kuai le' to you & your family as well! No doubt, this is the busiest moment of the year, isn't it? I'm exhausted after several days of travelling home. I guess you too. So, have a good rest and hopefully will be seeing you soon!
    Wishing you the very best.
    Best wishes,
    Kristy

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  22. hello..greetings to u, first time coming here.. will come by often to see your nyonya dishes..

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  23. Happy Chinese New Year to you! good health n prosperity to you too! Lovely flowers btw (^^)tq for dropping by ~

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  24. petite nyonya, may you be showered with an abundance of happiness, good health and prosperity with a roaring good year ahead!

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  25. I love the flowers. I have just started my own little garden, and was admiring every bloom. But the weather was so hot over the CNY week, and we had no one to come and water our plants while we were away...and some of my plants wilted...yiks

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