Sunday, February 25, 2007

7th day of CNY - The end of CNY break

What is the definition of CNY - Chinese New Year?

According to legend, in ancient China, the Nián (年) was a man-eating beast from the mountains (in other versions from under the sea), which came out every 12 months to prey on humans. The people later believed that the Nian was sensitive to loud noises and the color red, so they scared it away with explosions, fireworks and the liberal use of the color red. These customs led to the first New Year celebrations. Guò nián (Simplified Chinese: 过年; Traditional Chinese: 過年), which means to celebrate the new year, literally means the passover of the Nian.

That's the all time favorite myth that parents or teachers will tell to their children. My definition of CNY is slightly different than what they celebrate before. Yes, we still have fireworks although it is banned in Malaysia for quite some time already but no one seems to care about it. How can celebrate new year without fireworks?! We still prefer wearing red red on the first day of new year. As generation pass to another generation, new trends started to come in. Now my definition of CNY is :

ang paos, ang paos and more ang paos!!

My all time favorite - our family tradition gambling session

Who will miss a tasty bite of Bak Gua

and also homemade cookies and chocolate

Last but not least, wearing new clothes and dressing up for house visiting. :) :) oh.. I love CNY so much! But all these gonna end soon. Class starting tomorrow and back to homework, tutorials, assignments and mid term. how sad... :( Well, I think enough of joy for the moment, time to push myself for mid term this time. :) cheers.

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