Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Chinese New Year - the 11th day
Today is the 11th day of Chinese New Year, five more days, including today, before the Chinese New Year or Spring festival comes to a close. There is no particular significance tied to this 11th day though people still visit each other or get together for a meal either at home or in a restaurant. As it is still Chinese New Year, food served is still Chinese New Year kind of food that comes with symbolic meanings including steamed whole white chicken, whole fish, oyster dishes, egg dishes, dumplings (jiaozi), stick rice cake (nian kao), carrot cake and so forth.
Homes and business premises are still decorated with Chinese New Year decorations. Spotted this at the vicinity of KLCC along Jalan P Ramlee the other day.
And this decoration along (Bukit) Bintang Walk near Pavilion Mall..
The Chinese character above is the word 'Fu'. It means blessing or happiness. The word is placed upside down reason being the word 'upside down' is a homonym with 'arrival' so placement of this word upside down means 'blessing or happiness has arrived' which is auspicious in nature.
Decorations such as this and calligraphic couplets are common in homes during Chinese New Year. Red paper-cuttings are also popular besides lanterns, flowering plants and lime plants. Pussy willow stalks are also common so are fake plum blossom stalks that come with light pink or dark pink blossoms.
For first-time meetings in the new year, we still exchange new year greetings..
- Chinese New Year eve - the Reunion dinner
- Chinese New Year - the First day
- Chinese New Year - the Second day
- Chinese New Year - the Third day
- Chinese New Year - the Fourth day
- Chinese New Year - the Fifth day
- Chinese New Year - the Sixth day
- Chinese New Year - the Seventh day
- Chinese New Year - the Eighth day
- Chinese New Year - the Ninth day
- Chinese New Year - the 10th day
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