Happy Chinese New Year everybody. In other words, Gong Hei Fatt Choi (in Cantonese) or Gong Xi Fa Cai (in Mandarin). The year 2013 is also the year of the snake. Not only is Chinese New Year celebrated in Asia, but also in Chinatowns around the world, especially in London’s Chinatown. Whether it’s sunny, raining, or snowing, nothing would stop the Chinese New Year from taking place in London Chinatown. There are lion/dragon dance, fire crackers, Chinese stalls, and performances by famous Chinese singers and musicians.
During Chinese New Year, most family members and close friends would give one another ang pows, also known as red pockets, with money inside. The colours and the designs on the ang pows represents good luck, and the red is to wade off evil. The amount of money in the ang pows are usually given in lucky numbers. For instance, no one should give any amount that has the number ‘4’, because the number itself is considered bad luck in Chinese.
Yee Sang, also known as raw fish salad, is a traditional dish that many Chinese have during Chinese New Year. The dish consists of strips of raw fish, usually salmon, mixed shredded vegetables, and some sauce. The dish symbolizes good luck and fortune, and it is usually eaten in a large group. Everyone would hold a pair of chopsticks, and then they would mix and toss the ingredients together, and as they do so, they would shout out good wishes. It is believed that those who manages to toss the ingredients higher than others will have more good luck and fortune.
(Photo of Yee Sang)
(Photo of people mixing and tossing the Yee Sang)
Gong Hei Fatt Choi to my readers/bloggers. I wish everybody a happy, joyous, and prosperous New Year.
(Special thanks to Erica Khaw, May Lee, and Wewe for some of the photos).