Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018   5 comments


Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

 

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.

Chinese New Year Offerings

Chinese New Year Offerings of Fruits

New Year’s Eve

The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the annual reunion dinner. Dishes consisting of special meats are served at the tables, as a main course for the dinner and offering for the New Year. This meal is comparable to Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. and remotely similar to Christmas dinner in other countries with a high percentage of Christians.

In northern China, it is customary to make dumplings (jiaozi) after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese sycee. In contrast, in the South, it is customary to make a glutinous new year cake (niangao) and send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the coming days. Niángāo [Pinyin] literally means “new year cake” with a homophonous meaning of “increasingly prosperous year in year out”.[34]

After dinner, some families go to local temples hours before the new year begins to pray for a prosperous new year by lighting the first incense of the year; however in modern practice, many households hold parties and even hold a countdown to the new year. Traditionally, firecrackers were lit to scare away evil spirits with the household doors sealed, not to be reopened until the new morning in a ritual called “opening the door of fortune” (simplified Chinese: 开财门; traditional Chinese: 開財門; pinyin: kāicáimén).[35]

Beginning in 1982, the CCTV New Year’s Gala is broadcast in China four hours before the start of the New Year and lasts until the succeeding early morning. A tradition of going to bed late on New Year’s Eve, or even keeping awake the whole night and morning, known as shousui (守岁), is still practised as it is thought to add on to one’s parents’ longevity.

From Wikipedia

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner 2018

 

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
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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.

Kek Lok Si Temple Lighting Ceremony & Display of Lights 2018   Leave a comment


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

 

 

Kek Lok Si Temple Display of Lights 2018 Year of the Dog

Date: Sunday, 11 February (Lighting Ceremony)

Penang’s iconic temple, ‘Kek Lok Si’ or the Temple of Supreme Bliss is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, and arguably one of the most famous in Penang. Kek Lok Si has started preparing for its annual lighting ceremony.

This year, the lighting ceremony will be commenced on 11 February, 2018.

The over 125 years old Kek Lok Si Temple itself has always been a tourist attraction in Penang but the annual display of lights is even a bigger crowd puller, attracting many tourists from all around the world and locals as well.

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

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

 

 

The risks of the photographers
Photo-shooting at this annual event is interesting and at times can be risky for more senior citizen like me. This year was also basically the same as we waited for Marilyn to fetch Bertrand and myself from the house, after her dogs-feeding routine. It was getting late at 6.45 pm and have to go to the Maybank ATM machine. Traffic was  quite smooth. We took a strenuous uphill hike towards the destined place on the hill-side of a fruit farm. We had sought permission from the man for the past few years to photo-shoot the event. We thanked him for his generosity. Reaching the terrace where fruit trees were growing, we then slowly climb upwards the earth and sandy terraces. It was indeed very “slippery” due to the dry sand. One misstep one can fall several metres downwards due to the steep slope. Many thanks to Bertrand,Michael Chuan, Marcel Tan and Max Teoh for carrying my bag and tripods plus aiding me upwards with torchlights. There were already over 10 photographers on the hillside with the tripods and cameras ready for the action. Some of them came down from the upper terraces.

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

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

Ethics of photographers
Usually we had a list of 10 photographers which we had earlier asked for approval from the land owner. As the space is limited, we did not request for more photographers to be on the terraces unless prior permission was granted. There were photographers coming on their own and lying to the land owner that they had permission which was definitely false. I place my tripod in my usual terrace lower than the rest of the photographers as I did not want to climb up further owing to my weak legs. Quickly, I set up my camera and tripod and just in time for the photo-shoot which started at 8.00 pm. However, special thanks and appreciation to Michael Chuan for the credit of finding this alternative site that saved hiking time of 30 minutes up the stone steps to the hilltop, behind the vegetable farm. However, we had to hike a steep tarred road to get to hill terraces. Many thanks to the kind and generous land-owner. The photographs taken here were quite similar in composition and framing as the ones on top of my positioning.

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

 

 

The Lighting Ceremony
The colourful lightings were instantly suddenly lighted up with all parts of the Temple.The lighting ceremony had began and next shall be the fireworks display.

Fireworks
As expected like clockwork, the fireworks started after the instantaneous lighting up ceremony.

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

So this ended the 2018 Kek Lok Si Temple Lighting Ceremony and the Display of Lights on the Sunday of 11th February, 2018.

SP Lim

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

Tales From The Bedroom 閨房趣談   Leave a comment


Tales From The Bedroom
閨房趣談

9 – 11 Feb (Fri – Sun)
@ stage 2, Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac)
檳城表演藝術中心 貳號劇場

Comedy Variety | 喜劇
* Age Limit : Mature Audience | 適合成人觀賞
* In English with some local languages

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[ENGLISH]

Subsequent to three consecutive years of sold-out runs in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Big Nose Productions and penangpac present The Best of Tales from the Bedroom, a special treat for Penangites this Valentine’s Day.

A compilation of an all comedy line-up from Tales from the Bedroom I, II, III plus two new play as a bonus, this two hour comic fiesta is a show not to be missed.

Join us this Valentine’s Day as we delve into the lives of couples and explore relationship stereotypes, squeamish bedroom conversations, awkward one night stands and sneaky quickies. What better way for you to celebrate the most romantic time of the year than to hold the hand of the one you love as you laugh your ass off!

Come join us spread love and laughter!

[中文]

在這個情人節,大鼻子製作 (Big Nose Production) 與檳城表演藝中心將為大家帶來超級精裝版《閨房趣談》(Tales From The Bedroom),10個精彩小品選自分別於 2014、2015 與 2016 年在吉隆坡賣得一票難求的《閨房趣談 I、II、III》,探索夫妻生活中的酸甜苦辣。從逗趣的閨房對話、尷尬的一夜情到那些偷雞摸狗的事,《閨房趣談》絕對能讓您牽著摯愛的手,從頭笑到尾!

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SHOW INFO | 演出資訊

DATE | 日期 :
9 – 11 Feb 2018 (Fri – Sun)

TIME | 時間 :
9 Feb 2018 (Fri) @ 8:30pm
10 Feb 2018 (Sat) @ 3pm, 8:30pm
11 Feb 2018 (Sun) @ 3pm

VENUE | 地點 :
stage 2, penangpac
檳城表演藝術中心 貳號劇場

TICKET PRICE | 票價 :

RM 35 for Adults

RM 30 for Students, Physically-challenged, TAS Card Holders & Senior Citizens above 60

PROMOTION | 優惠 :

Early Bird | 早鳥票
RM 28 (valid until 15 Jan 2018)

Comedy Variety | 喜劇
* Age Limit : Mature Audience | 適合成人觀賞
* In English with some local languages

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Tales From The Bedroom  閨房趣談

Tales From The Bedroom  閨房趣談

Tales From The Bedroom  閨房趣談

Tales From The Bedroom  閨房趣談

Tales From The Bedroom  閨房趣談

Tales From The Bedroom  閨房趣談

Funeral of our late Aunt Mdm Tan Guat Cheng today – Sunday, February 4, 2018 ~ Part 8   2 comments


Funeral of our late Aunt Mdm Tan Guat Cheng today – Sunday, February 4, 2018 from the Khoo Kongsi Funeral Pavilion, Columbarium and Funeral Parlour at Farlim at 11.00 am.

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