1/13/09

Chinese New Year


For those who are not familiar with the Chinese New Year! This year is the year of the "Ox". Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, so it lands on a different date on the western calendar every year. Anyway, this year, January 26th, 2009 will be the day to celebrate. One of the greatest traditions that I like and most kids like are the "Red Envelopes" that we get from adults.

So what is Red Envelopes? They are red envelopes that hold money and are given to younger friends and family members. You only pass them out if you are married. The amount of money you put in is up to you. As for kids, they usually need to say some kinda good wishes or greetings before they received the envelope. Ex. "Wishing you a great fortune", "Wishing you a success and good health", etc. To better illustrate, see the picture that I found taken by Dave Yu.


Another tradition that is great, is the food. There are many food there are prepared only for New Year. I especially love the "Year Cake." If I remember correctly, it's made with brown sugar and green bean powder (it's like a corn starch), you mix them together with water and then steam it. The texture is kind of chewy and it harden after it cools off. My mom like to cut them up into square pieces when it's hard. Then, we beat some eggs and dip the year cake squares in them and pan fried them. They will soften up.

Since I had some time over Christmas, I decided to finish up my zodiac animal designs. The last 2 years, I had the piggy and rat done, but have gotten many requests for the rest of them. So, here they are. They are available as button pins, greeting cards, stickers or magnets. I hope you like them!

5 comments:

I'm originally from Hawaii, and we used to celebrate it every year over there...you made me hungry thinking about the food..mmmmm

Love those zodiac animals! Really cute! I did a blog post of CNY too! :D Happy CNY.. Hope you have a great break!

My mouth is watering.

i always happy around chinese new year because i used to got red envelopes with money in it from my big family :)

My sister and her husband lived in China for a couple years and they really loved Chinese New Year and the red envelopes of course!