The 5th of February will spring forth on us soon. The hustle and bustle of Chinatown and its multi coloured, mostly scarlet lanes, richly decorated with prosperity banners and lanterns. Preparations have begun for the grand celebrations to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019. Where life intensifies around family reunions and its traditional food spread; ang pows – red packets with money; the 12 Zodiac animals; the new almanac calendar, beginning with spring and the legendary myth of defeating a monster named Nian – how the ingenuity of a beggar saved the day for fleeing villagers. The Chinese take this once a year festivity on a very serious note, the auspiciousness of festivity precedes the goodness for the rest of the year. Let’s dwell with some Ps & Qs of the CNY Traditions.
- Fish – Prosperity
- Dumplings – Wealth
- Spring Rolls – Wealth
- Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) – Unity in Family
- Tangerines – Luck and Wealth
- Niangao (glutinous rice cake) – Promotions at work
- Noodles – Health and Longevity
- Yu Sheng – A 2000-year-old traditional dish made of raw-fish slices – everyone needs to LO-HEI once a year to usher in Good Luck!
- Ang Pows are red packets with cash blessings, that makes CNY-the youngsters favourite time of the year as they tag along with their parents on family visitations. The rule of the thumb for these delightful practices, as these are only meant for un-married children to receive as blessings from elders and the cash amount should be in even numbers- $4/$6/$8/$10 or more - the most auspicious amount would be one that includes number $8, meaning good fortune.
Thus, we at Roses & Rhinos would like to celebrate 2019, the year of the Earthen Pig with our new line of CNY collection in line with the tradition of Auspiciousness.