Thanks friends Maithilee and Sanika for dozens of colourful photographs! They brought back a memories of our stay in Singapore and especially the Chinese New Year festivities. I’m sure my blog readers will appreciate your enthusiasm.
‘Gong Xi Fa Xai’ or ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’ is the popular Chinese New year greeting, I practiced in my head. I could almost visualize the street markets being decorated with abundance of red and gold festivities, flowers, posters and traditional Chinese dresses. And ooohh…if the night long impulsive shopping just BEFORE the New Year is frenzy and aggressive, then head to Chinatown for the AFTER effects to getting a “Hong Bao’ the much awaited red packet with cash present!
This year, Chinese New Year was celebrated on 19 February, 2015. It is the ‘Year of the Goat /Sheep.’ The Chinese zodiac or Sheng Xiao is based on a cycle of 12 years, each year related to an animal sign. As it’s a Goat(or sheep) year, it’s common to hear greetings of Three Goats: profits and prosperity, peaceful, worry free life and plump health.
Now find out which animal represents your birth sign. Chinese believe health, family and fortune depend on the particular zodiac sign and personality traits resemble the animal character. Have fun!
A goat mascot for the ‘Ýear of the Goat’ /Chinese New Year
More than a dozen street markets are conveniently located in the Housing Board developments (HDB’s) that dot Singapore’s geography. But the Pagoda street market, at Chinatown, is the place to feast your eyes. A month-long street light up, hanging lanterns, larger than life themed floats and ways side stalls beckon every pocket.. ‘Have money, will spend’ is the catch phrase. Here is a sample of photos clicked at Chinatown.
For the Chinese living the world over, the time heralds a home-coming to mainland China or family place of elders in the country. It is celebrated as a grand Reunion dinner around the festive table. The items for the menu MUST include: long noodles, Mandarin and Pomelo, Kumquat fruit, Jiaozi dumplings shaped as currency, candied fruit, leafy greens and long beans, whole fish for fertility and prosperity and a ‘tray of Togetherness’ with 8 items.
There’s so much local buzz and festivities in China, Singapore and Asia prior to the Chinese New Year – parades, street food stalls, River floats, night markets, street light ups and more. Gong Xi Fa Cai to all the readers celebrating the New Year.
Have you witnessed Chinese New Year celebrations or the Lion dance? What food did you taste? Do leave your comments below.
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