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Pai Thnee Kong by our mother tonight ..   Leave a comment


Pai Thnee Kong by our mother tonight 

Today, Friday 23 February, 2018 is the 8th Day Of The Lunar Chinese New Year being the Eve of The Jade Emperor’s Birthday.
My mother is making Nyonya “ANG KOO” Kueh in preparation to make offerings & pray to The Jade Emperor on his birthday at the stroke of midnight that is Saturday 24 February, 2018!

Today is the 8th Day Of The Lunar Chinese New Year.
MOM is making Nyonya “ANG KOO” Kueh in preparation to make offerings & pray to The Jade Emperor on his birthday at the stroke of midnight !

Today is the 8th Day Of The Lunar Chinese New Year.
MOM is making Nyonya “ANG KOO” Kueh in preparation to make offerings & pray to The Jade Emperor on his birthday at the stroke of midnight !

Extracted from my sister’s Facebook post.

 

After tonight’s “Pai Thnee Kong”, we are now looking forward to the 15th day of The Lunar Chinese New Year “CHAP GOH MEH” aka known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day !    Cindy Lim, my sister’s comments.

This Eighth Day of the Chinese New Year is the very day the Hokkiens Clan emerged from the sugar cane plantations safely after an invasion from some barbaric tribes during Chinese New Year. We, the Hokkiens Clan, prayed to the Jade Emperor for our safety and peaceful conclusion to the unwelcome invasion with two stalks of sugar cane ( one each tied to the front leg of the altar table ) with other offerings. As some of us are more Buddhist-oriented,  we do not offer Roasted Pigs, Ducks, Chicken and other meat offerings anymore.  My mother offers only vegetarian offerings and fruits only. Thus, it is normally the Hokkiens dialect  Chinese Community prays to The Jade Emperor during the night of the 8th Day. The actual day of the Jade Emperor’s Birthday is the 9th Day of the Chinese New Year.

SP Lim

Please note that each stalk of sugar cane is covered with yellow prayers’ joss paper. Each stalk is tied to the right/left leg of the altar table.

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Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang   Leave a comment


Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang

This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Gong Xi Fa Chai.

SP Lim

Gregorian Date Animal Day of the week Gregorian Date Animal Day of the week
2001 24 Jan Snake Wednesday 2026 17 Feb Horse Tuesday
2002 12 Feb Horse Tuesday 2027 6 Feb Goat Saturday
2003 1 Feb Goat Saturday 2028 26 Jan Monkey Wednesday
2004 22 Jan Monkey Thursday 2029 13 Feb Rooster Tuesday
2005 9 Feb Rooster Wednesday 2030 3 Feb Dog Sunday
2006 29 Jan Dog Sunday 2031 23 Jan Pig Thursday
2007 18 Feb Pig Sunday 2032 11 Feb Rat Wednesday
2008 7 Feb Rat Thursday 2033 31 Jan Ox Monday
2009 26 Jan Ox Monday 2034 19 Feb Tiger Sunday
2010 14 Feb Tiger Sunday 2035 8 Feb Rabbit Thursday
2011 3 Feb Rabbit Thursday 2036 28 Jan Dragon Monday
2012 23 Jan Dragon Monday 2037 15 Feb Snake Sunday
2013 10 Feb Snake Sunday 2038 4 Feb Horse Thursday
2014 31 Jan Horse Friday 2039 24 Jan Goat Monday
2015 19 Feb Goat Thursday 2040 12 Feb Monkey Sunday
2016 8 Feb Monkey Monday 2041 1 Feb Rooster Friday
2017 28 Jan Rooster Saturday 2042 22 Jan Dog Wednesday
2018 16 Feb Dog Friday 2043 10 Feb Pig Tuesday
2019 5 Feb Pig Tuesday 2044 30 Jan Rat Saturday
2020 25 Jan Rat Saturday 2045 17 Feb Ox Friday
2021 12 Feb Ox Friday 2046 6 Feb Tiger Tuesday
2022 1 Feb Tiger Tuesday 2047 26 Jan Rabbit Saturday
2023 22 Jan Rabbit Sunday 2048 14 Feb Dragon Friday
2024 10 Feb Dragon Saturday 2049 2 Feb Snake Tuesday
2025 29 Jan Snake Wednesday 2050 23 Jan Horse Sunday

 

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

The third day of the 2018 Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog   Leave a comment


he Dog () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol . The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal.

This is the third day of the 2018 Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog. Traffic and tourists are seen be less heavier in Penang this time around. Some hawkers are complaining about poorer business and hopefully they have not overpriced themselves. Definite signs of poorer economic climate in Malaysia this year as even the sound of firecrackers and drum beats of Lion Dance is harder to hear!

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

 

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore,IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

 

The Dog () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol . The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal.

 

Extracted from Wikipedia.

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog   2 comments


On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

On the First Day of the Chinese New Year 2018 of the Earth Dog

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

 

Gong Xi Fa Chai   4 comments


From Wikipedia

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends as today is the FIRST DAY of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Wishing you all much Happiness, Excellent Health and Boundless Prosperity in this Year of the DOG.

SP Lim

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

 

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

The Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式   Leave a comment


檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式
The Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 8.00 pm.

SP Lim

Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式. Fireworks

Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式 more Fireworks

Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式

Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式

Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式

Light Opening Ceremony of Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang 2018 *** 檳城鶴山極樂寺戊戌年新春燈會亮燈儀式

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4   Leave a comment


Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

Thaipusam Thaneer Panthal in Penang on Tuesday, January 30, 2108 ~ Part 4

 

 

 

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