Feb 3, 2014

My Chinese New Year Celebration...

Early in the morning, my little daughter is all excited and insisted to dress up in cheong sam and wear make up. Here she is with a huge grin on her face. Today is the day she gets to explore her Chinese roots and customs... I had made her wash her hair the night before and explained to her some of the Chinese taboos...

 My daughters and me...at a very close family friend's house, a ritual we do every year without fail...



 Whilst in between laksa and nasi beriyani, also a regular menu in this open house, my eldest daughter take some time off to check her chats and facebook...

 Yours truly is vain enough to fit in a selfie too...

 Home made yee sang... also a regular thing done ... and this one's very special....

 ...... because it is done with everyone... Indian, Malay and Chinese, our friendship blossoms and we all "Lo Hei" together. This is truly 1 Malaysia... and this happens every year in our friend's open house.... 

Note:The tradition of Lo Hei stems from the phrase’s Cantonese meaning of ‘tossing up good fortune’ using Ye Sang or Raw Fish Salad that symbolises ‘an abundance of wealth and long life’. The word hei or ‘rise’ is in reference to a thriving business or prosperity and thus its popularity amongst the businessmen during the Lunar New Year. Consisting of white and green radish, carrots, capsicum, turnips, red pickled ginger, slices of raw fish (commonly salmon), crackers, topped with fragrant dressing of plum sauce, five spice powder, sesame oil, this dish is usually served as an appetiser. Families and friends gather to toss the ingredients while saying auspicious well wishes out loud to usher in good luck. It is also believed the higher you toss the ingredients in the salad, the greater your fortunes will be.

Happy Prosperous Chinese New Year... may the horses bring speedy happiness,  fortunes, good luck, good health and prosperity to you all....

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