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Happy Chinese New Year!!

February 14, 2010

This year chinese new year and valentine falls on the same day, I’m being cheated.  Half amount on the red envelop and smaller box of chocolate.

 At my parents’ place every year he does this ceremony offering to his dad.  You noticed the large altar are set up with varieties of foods and fruits, sweets and items that his dad liked when he was still alive.

A smaller altar at the bottom, this is to pay respect to the long distance relatives.

Dad is offering tea and liquor to the spirits and asking the spirits to keep us from harm, for good health, good fortunes and happiness throughout the year.Almost done ready for chow down!!!!

For the past couple years chinese new year celebration with many of relatives traveing from outer states become less and less because our relatives do celebrate with their extended families. We only celebrate with my siblings and their spouses and we didn’t have nine course meals. We have some tradition food like fried tofu cut in bar of gold represent wealth and prosperity, noodle soup for longevity, fried rice paddy stuffed with pork and mung bean also for longevity.  My brother favors sweet and source chickens and fermented mustard green “som pak got”, roast duck, pork, chickens and missing is my food being prepare som tum mag hung and sticky rice.Dad with his red envelops, instead being received the red envelop now is the opposite. He gets the red envelops.

Simple desert, what was offering at the altar we can eat . Fruits mostly, sweet rice ball stuffs with mung bean, cookies and cakes most of us stick with fruits.  We know for the next fifteen days we will be eating more of the sweets and more heavy meals.

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!!

Kong Hei Fat Choi

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6 Comments
  1. February 16, 2010 12:47 AM

    Kong Hei Fat Choi salalao, everything looks so good. We didn’t have nearly as much as you, and in the last photo, is that your sister?

    • salalao permalink*
      February 17, 2010 1:08 AM

      Nye,
      Yes that is my sister and her husband.

  2. February 16, 2010 11:23 AM

    salalao – happy chinese new year to you too. welcome back to the blog world:-). i miss reading your posts.

  3. salalao permalink*
    February 16, 2010 3:20 PM

    Nye
    Kong Hei Fat Choi, We didn’t have much this year knowing is the year of the tiger. The year of uncertainty, with the world and even within the family so we are keeping low key try not to disturb the sign.

    Seeharhed
    Yes I am back from my long trip. I have plenty of pictures to share story to tell.

  4. Victor permalink
    February 24, 2010 8:52 AM

    Salalao – Kong Hey Fatt Choi to you and your family.

    Just read this post. Not too late to wish you since we celebrate 15 days of CNY.

    The food looks wonderful.

    • salalao permalink*
      February 26, 2010 12:40 AM

      victor
      Thanks and it is not TOO late to recieve red envelop either 🙂

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