title: 30 - 31 Jan 2014 [除夕夜和大年初一]
date: Friday, March 07, 2014
time : 5:11 PM
All Chinese know.... Chinese New Year is the most important event in the Chinese calendar. It begins on the first day of the lunar calendar, so it is also called Lunar New Year and it's more passion of every Chinese in celebrating the start of a new lunar year, rather than a calendar year.
Chinese New Year’s Eve kicks off the 15 days long festivities.
So what we did on this day?
We still have to work and the kids still need to attend school for morning half since it was on a weekday.
Daddy heading home to fetch Amabel and helper whilst I went to childcare to fetch Aisleyne and met at Tiong Bahru to their grandparent' house for praying, worship lunch and reunion dinner.
Every time we told the girls that we're going to 奶奶 and 爷爷 or 阿公 and 婆婆 house, they get really happy.
There are a few activities that we will do and welcoming Lunar New Year.
Beginning in the afternoon,Worship Ancestors:
Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as our ancestors and welcome the New Year.
Families given offerings for blessings and protection over the past year.
We also burn sticks of incense and stacks of paper mone
caught her eating snack already
ok CNY festive, gave you chance,
don't wanna nag much.
you're saved. Lol~
Having worship lunch at uncle's house just beside PIL's house.
Aisleyne has been really sensible girl when come to helping out in housework and so very initiative in serving rice for others and clearing the plates after meals.
These are my kids have to do at home, so they are use to it.
Only thing I will stop them from, is helping out in cooking. Always warn them not to go near the stoves.
Not even if they are in higher primary school, told them when they are bigger like secondary school 3 then will let them learn and help out in cooking.
Too dangerous for a kid without much knowledge of the caution they need to take.
Even with supervise, I won't take such risk.
No one should!
Barefooted, that I had to start nagging at them.
Yah, me being OCD
Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner.
at night, after took a bath at in law's house
Every member of the family starts the New Year off right with Wear New Clothes:
From head to toe, all clothes and accessories worn on New Year’s Day should be brand new. But we're not to that extreme to wearing brand new accessories, bra, underwear which many opt to wear lucky red. And this year no the traditional Chinese clothing like qipao but just the regular, Western-style clothing like dresses, skirts, pants and shirts.
Early the next morning after New Year’s eve, the children greet us the parents by wishing us a happy new year, and we will Give Red Envelopes, (hongbao/angbao) to them containing 'lucky money to them and younger generation as a form of blessing! I think right now my girls are still very young to look forward to angbao but more looking forward to the goodies snacks and plays they get together with the cousins
All the expressions!
See how happy they are,
told them must smiles like the pretty doll on the angbao
the smiles and happiness were too precious that I just wanna post all up
The first place we visit to 拜年 is always in law's place.
Decorations and traditions to bring Chinese New Year to life.
Walls and doors are decorated with lucky red paper decorations
and these are tie said to bring 'good fortune' or 'happiness', 'wealth' and 'longevity'.
My super vain girl, dug out my makeup from pouch.
Didn't stop her cause I wanna capture what she will do next.
she will get to see how vain she is when she grow up.
I'm pretty surprise, she knew how to use those tools
I don't encourage put on makeup for kids at such young age
but too cute la,
I made sure I washed it very clean away,
no more residue left
Adults will chit-chat and catch up with one another.
And apart from the New Year goodies, nothing more excites for most people are Gambling Session (like Black Jack, in-between, sa ji bei or mahjong and several other games) with friendly stakes
and you can get to see the younger one will came out with all tricks and myths to get their luck to win, like placing the lucky orange on the bet. lol~
We taught our kids the need to greet the elderly, wishing them a happy new year and longevity.
This is a must every years
helpers are also part of the family and get the angbao too
All kids got an angbao from my SIL
Greeting to the aunties uncles
again, trying the goodies
He is so cute, carrying the pouch I got for him during christmas.
with Shaggy and cousin Tricia
smile until like that. lol~
I always ask her to smile showing with teeth
Smile like that too adult and formal
I want baby smile but she always claim that it is not nice
my elder girls really resemble me when I'm little girl
now also, just a darker version of my w/o makeup
Love them much more than words can describe
I strict on them cause is for their good, not much on now but future
hope they won't go stray
with their Tricia 姑姑
After that， in the evening,
we went to my parent's house to 向他们拜年。
and have reunion dinner
Aisleyne got really tired cause she never get to nap in the noon.
until my sis set up the Wiii for them to play
Eat a Big Family Meal:One of the highlights of Chinese New Year is the food. then our Reunion Dinner
my mom makes the most yummilious marinated BBQ food
my mom and dad laughed until so happy
home sweet home
at home after bathing for my girl
after filter, my pinky lippie' colour look even more nice
too many photos, that explained why I took so long to post this
simply too lazy, cause too many photos to wait uploading and arrange.
So I do it when I'm a little time here and there.
Same for my elder girl first 3 days in primary school, has yet to blog about.
Definitely will try to...but
will blog about CNY Day 2 soon first
P/S: too many broken link of the photos, not sure why but will try to fix it soon