Wednesday, February 2, 2011

C is for Chinese Culture Celebration


 C  is for Chú Xī (除夕) or Dinner Reunion (February 2 for this year) in the eve of passing year, and getting ready for the New Year (February 3) the following day.

Couplets
C is for Couplets, hanging or posted at home doors to greet everyone good health, good wealth, and longetivity.

Plants
C is for Chūn Jié春节, literally Chinese New Year means the beginning of Spring, flowers and plants symbolize of new beginning.
Dihua Street (迪化街)
C is Cake, especially radish/turnip cake symbolize a new beginning and year cake for promotion every year.

Dihua Street (迪化街)
C is for Candies, or known as Spring Candy to welcome the arrival of Spring.

Dihua Street (迪化街)
C is for Chestnuts, and other nuts for  having more children, and peanuts for longetivity.

There are more food that have lots of meaning ~
  • Large Tangerine - big luck and big profit (金橘子, jinju)
  • Spring roll - gold bar
  • Dumplings - silver ingot (餃子, jiǎozi)
  • Fish - having surplus every year (魚, yú)
  • Dragon eye (longan) - wealth and family reunion
  • Dates - having intelligent children soon
  • Hair seaweed - having a jockpot
  • Treasure bar - full of gold and jewelry


恭喜發財
Gōngxǐ fācái
"Congratulations and be Prosperous"

Year of the Rabbit

21 comments:

photowannabe said...

Happy New Year to you . I enjoyed learning all the meanings and interesting facts. Wonderful pictures too.

Nanka said...

Cheerful Chinese journey and feel like having a crunchy-munchy break.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific post for the C Day, Lani! Your photos are fantastic and I really enjoyed the information you shared with us! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Jingle said...

Happy Chinese New Year.
what a colorful collection of food and culture and cheers.

stay blessed.

EG Wow said...

Hope you have a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

C is for a post that Contains lost of Clear information. Thanks.

Halcyon said...

Very fancy! Love all the red.

Rob and Mandy said...

Wow, this is fantastic!

Joy said...

Happy Spring Festival, it looks a colourful and delicious time. Candy or cake, what a dilemma.

Gunsside said...

Great colors, great post with a lots of information ;))

ρομπερτ said...

How very wonderful an entry ! May time and life continue to treat you all kind this year as well.

daily athens

Tumblewords: said...

Love the red - your photos are wonderful - a terrific post!

Roger Owen Green said...

Happy New Year! Love the holiday!
On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, Thank you! ROG

Wanda said...

Oh this was most interesting. Learned so many new things, and your pictures are just stunning. Great Choice for letter C.

Light and Voices said...

Happy New Year! Appreciate all the wonderful pictures and interesting background material.
Joyce M

Ann said...

very red for luck, Are you celebrating too?

Dani said...

I didn't know the meaning of the most fruits you mentioned, but I've seen people buying them in large quantities. Thank you so much.

恭喜发财!
Wishing you prosperous rabbit year.

anthonynorth said...

Those are great photos. Enjoyed them.

Francisca said...

Lani, you have outdone yourself! Your Chinese Culture is a TERRIFIC C post... excellent photos and montages and information. Perfect! Kong Hei Fat Choy to YOU! I use the Cantonese greeting since my sweetheart is Cantonese and it is Cantonese who originally came up with the phrase. Usually I too use the Mandarin/pinyin.

Beverley Baird said...

Great post for C! Happy Chinese New year to you as well!

☺lani☺ said...

大家兔年快樂一切平安喲^^

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