Chinese New Year, Year of the Rat

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Chinese New Year @ Wai Yee Hong

Choi Sun! Chinese God of ProsperityOn 10th February 2008, Wai Yee Hong will be hosting some traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. These will include:

  • Traditional Chinese Firecracker
  • Traditional Unicorn Dance
  • Dragon Dance
  • Choi Sun (God of Prosperity)
  • Chinese Percussion Performance

Festivities will be starting at 10:30am so don’t be late!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on a different day every year according to the western calendar because the Chinese calendar follows lunar cycles. This year, Chinese New Year is on 7th February. Each year is assigned one of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac, which are: Dog, Pig, Rooster, Dragon, Ox, Sheep, Horse, Rabbit, Snake, Monkey, Rat and Tiger.

This year is the year of the Rat.

People born in the year of the rat are charming and have bright, happy personalities. Rats cherish friends and loved ones and as a result, family life is very important to them. They work hard and know how to handle their money.

Chinese New Year Food & Customs

Chinese New Year - Nian GouMuch emphasis is placed on food during Chinese New Year, and some delicacies are served only at the New Year.

Nian Gou

This hard, sweet New Year cake is made from sticky rice powder and brown sugar. It is usually sliced and either steamed or pan fried. Some people also like to dip the slices in a whisked egg before pan frying.

Candied Fruits & Vegetables

It is traditional to eat candied fruits and vegetables at New Year. These usually include:

  • Chinese New Year - Assorted Candied Fruit BoxWater Chestnuts
  • Lotus Roots
  • Coconut Strips
  • Coconut Triangle
  • Lotus Nuts
  • Winter Melon
  • Kumquat
  • Carrots

More often than not, red and black melon seeds are also consumed at this time of year.

Chinese New Year - Fai Chun

Fai Chun

Chinese New Year - Red EnvelopesScrolls bearing Chinese couplets are commonly hung in the house and on door frames at the New Year to give everyone good luck and success in everything they do.

 

Lai See

Red envelopes (also known as Lai See in Cantonese) containing money are given from married couples to the young and elderly during the festivities.

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