Today, Feb 3, is the 7th day of the new year of the Rooster. And today is officially the beginning of Spring.
The 7th Day of the first month of the lunar year is known as the common man's birthday. In Mandarin it is termed “renri” (人日), while in Cantonese it is 'Yan Yat'. The belief is that everyone becomes one year older on this day. Yes, that's an egg on the Chinese calendar.
Chinese restaurants will be fully booked for dinner tonight. That's a norm. We are only at midway of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration and dinner gatherings are still ongoing until the 15rh day.
Many people are back at work but many will only return to work on Monday taking extra days off stretching it to the weekend for an extended holiday.
Shopping malls are enjoying a good crowd with their Chinese New Year decorations of phoenixes and lanterns. Here are some nice Chinese New Year decorations in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya (i.e. the Klang Valley), and Penang courtesy of Says.com.
|A majestic phoenix at Pavilion KL|
Image via Instagram @ndrewsnowdon
|The Curve's imperial setup features the gorgeous carvings of Chinese and dragons, embellished in brilliant gold and deep red |
Image via The Curve, Mutiara Damansara Facebook
|Sunway Pyramid turned their concourse into a multi-level shoplot of yesteryears, complete with Chinese signage and a gigantic rooster statue |
Image via Instagram @andrew_movez
|It's red lanterns galore at 1 Utama Shopping Centre with a grand centrepiece for special performances throughout the festive season|
Image via 1 Utama Shopping Centre Facebook
|A scenic sight greets shoppers at The Mines Shopping Mall as they step into a traditional Chinese garden, complete with classic Chinese huts and a garden pond |
Image via The Mines Shopping Mall Facebook
|In line with the spring festival, intricate lanterns and floral motifs line the pathways of Mid Valley Megamall's CNY attraction |
Image via Instagram @nic_kn9ck
In Penang, Queensbay Mall sets Chinese New Year in a winter setting to simply glorious results.
Image via Queensbay Mall Facebook
|Lush greenery and blooming flowers surround a 20-ft tall phoenix at Gurney Plaza |
Image via Gurney Plaza Facebook