The 15 days celebration of Chinese new year starts on Friday 31st Jan 2014, with the first new moon of the calendar year. The day marks the end of the year of the water snake and welcomes the start of the year of the wooden horse. Red is a key colour for New Year's celebrations, as it symbolises a bright and happy future. This year will mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse: this animal signifies surprises in adventure and romance, and people born during this year are believed to be good communicators, kind, talkative, independent, and impatient.
If you were born in the year of the horse, you should be looking for potential partners who were born in the years of the tiger, goat or dog. Avoid those born in the year of the rat, ox, rabbit or horse. You won't like them.
For those who are superstition, this year people who are born in the year of horse will offend Tai Sui, the god of age and will experience emotional problem which will lead to bad luck when it go out of control. To avoid this, wear something red, which has been given to you by someone else. In general, the lucky colours of team horse are are green, red and purple; the lucky numbers are 3, 4, 9.
People wear red clothing during the festivities and children, unmarried friends, and close relatives are given red envelopes "lai see" with money inside for good luck.
This were our breakfast on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year. Mum started cooking all this dish at 3am and we ate this as early as 9am. Mum always cooked up a storm of good food.
"Choysum" with Stewed Abalone
"Fatt Choi Hou See" Stewed Oyster, Fish Skin, Sea Cucumber with mushroom and seaweed.
Poached Corn Fed Chicken
Pork Intestines, Fish Fillet, Pineapple and Button Mushroom in Tomato sauce
"Kau Nyuk" Braised Pork Belly with Yam
CNY 5th Day is called "Po Wu", where people stay home to welcome the god of wealth. It's believed that visiting family and friends on this day will bring bad luck.
Visiting is back on from days CNY day 6 to 10, where the Chinese also visit temples to pray for wealth and health in the coming year.
On CNY 7th Day, farmers display their harvest and make a celebratory drink from seven types of vegetables. As CNY 2nd day is considered the birthday of dogs, CNY 7th day is the birthday of human beings, "Yu Sang or Lou Sang" raw fish for success and long noodles for longevity are eaten as part of the celebrations.
CNY 12th and 13th Day, friends and relatives receive dinner invitations. That means that on the 13th day, people eat rice congee and mustard greens to recover from days of rich meals.
CNY 14th Day is spent getting ready for the Lantern Festival on the 15th night.
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