As I mentioned previously, here is my lunar new year spent in Malaysia with lovely relatives & family in snapshot form! If you keep up with me on Twitter or Facebook, you've already seen some of them!
A little zodiac-ology (is that even a word) for those born in the year of the horse:
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers. They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.
Hand & Homemade by my sisters! The wording on the top means 'luck' in chinese
Family decked in red - I got my dress from eBay for only £4.26 (it was a bid)! I can't seem to find the original listing, but here's super duper similar one HERE
A lantern made out of red envelopes or, 红包 (ang bao)
All that food...and mandarins!
This is called 鱼生 (yu sheng) or yee sang in Cantonese.It is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. Basically, the whole family uses chopsticks to toss and mix the condiments together. The higher you lift toss, the more lucky you'll get in the upcoming year! I forgot to take an 'after' picture which would've been good because it got very messy :P
Painted by my grandmother - she's an extremely talented human being.
New curtains for the new year!
Every year, the lion dance (舞狮）troop from the school nearby comes to my grandma's house to perform - it's become a tradition! The performers are all high school students (i.e sixth formers or seniors) and all the money they earn from these door-to-door performance goes back into investing in the school! The things they can do are seriously cool
Lucky money received! Don't you think the envelopes are so pretty?
If you celebrate Lunar New Year, hope you had a great one and enjoyed yourself!
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