It’s still Chinese New Year and I’m still having fun. Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days. I mean 15 days! How cool is that! I still have time to make some new year resolutions…haha. Well, I didn’t really cooked a lot this year and didn’t have much time to bake, too, except a batch of Super Easy Almond Butter Balls. But I did have a great time with my friends.
I went to a friend’s Chinese New Year party last week. ONLY for women! Women do need space to enjoy. As usual when the lot of us women gather together, it just seems like heaven on earth. It was all about food, fun and laughter. That’s what women want and that’s what keeps women young….*wink wink*.
Chinese New Year means a lot to us who live far away from home. Let me share with you what Chinese New Year mean to our group of women here in Aberdeen. I hope you have as much fun as we have here in Aberdeen, Scotland. Oh, let me clarify. We did not leave the men out. There is going to be another one in another friend’s house. It will be different…..hehe.
Who doesn’t like sweets and desserts? Chinese New Year is about lots of sweet food, like candies, biscuits, cakes, puddings, etc. It’s symbolic of a year of sweetness ahead. The special cake above was the highlight of the party, specially made by my American friend shown in the picture here. She is a very sweet and friendly lady, a fantastic creator and maker of this beautiful cake. She had never done anything like that before. She even took the trouble to look out from the internet for the Chinese words and wrote them on the icing of the cake. That’s truly creative and inspirational. It was an awesome hazelnut cake. See such joy written all over her face!
Abundance of Food
Chinese New Year is about an abundance of food. Chinese believes in lots of food and eating during this auspicious time. The best is to have leftovers. It symbolises abundance in overflowing measures. Leftovers are eaten the next day or even more days after. So, we had lots of food, more than enough for everyone to go second and third rounds. I brought the green spinach and curry puffs. If you are interested to make, click on Healthy Spinach Pancake Rolls For Breakfast, Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 1 - Filling) and Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 2 - Pastry)
Chinese New Year Salad (’yee sang’)
‘Yee sang’ is actually a big plate of salad, most of the time with fish in it. It symbolises abundance, prosperity, good luck and vigour. This dish is very popular in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s always the first dish to eat, as an appetiser. It is my favourite dish.
The fun part of it is tossing the ‘yee sang’ with chopsticks and chanting greetings and prosperity to each other. The higher you toss, the better it is. It means more luck will come. It’s actually very exciting when everyone does it together…..noisy, happy and fun.
Beautiful Chinese Cheongsam
Chinese New Year is about dressing up in pretty new clothing, cheongsam if possible. I love the Chinese cheongsam. It’s meant to be very fitting. I think it looks especially classy and beautiful on tall, slim and flat-tummy women. I need very high heel shoes to pull it off. Wait, I’ll wear one next year. I need time to slim down and hopefully to grow taller a bit…haha…as if I will.
I’m really amazed to see that some of my non-Chinese friends love the cheongsam, too. See how pretty they all look.
Chinese New Year Greetings
Chinese New Year is about wishing each other health and prosperity when we meet each other. Now these 2 ladies are practicing the greetings. But I think they look like playing boxing…haha. They must be the happiest ‘boxers’ that I have ever seen!
The Lion Dance
Chinese New Year is about lion dance. I really miss that. It’s so fun to watch, especially when the lion dance involves martial arts and skill in getting the ‘ang pao’ from a high place. The lion dance symbolises power, wisdom and good fortune. Since we can’t get to see one, we play make-belief lion dance. That’s when a long scarf comes very handy. It was so hilarious watching our 2 friends here performing the lion dance , followed by a funny Chinese dance. See, we never grow old….haha.
Photos for remembrance
Oooops…there’s a man around! He followed his wife to come…the only thorn among the roses. He was fortunate to have a glimpse into the real women’s world. To join in, he has to help take photos. But he and his wife left early so they did not get to see the lion dance and other fun dances and songs.
Never Too Young
Oooops….I forgot. There’s another man here…a tiny thorn among the roses….never too young to join. When he joined us last year, he was just a little baby. But he has grown. Now, I think he’s trying to show us how to play magic. It’s so easy to divide a chopstick into 2….just put in the mouth….haha.
It was truly a wonderful time that we had. Our tummies were full, our cheeks were sore with lots of laughter and our hearts were light with joy. We must have burnt off lots of calories. I wonder how many went back and cooked dinner that day. I was too lazy to cook…..hehe
I hope that you have a most fun-filled time if you are celebrating Chinese New Year. If you haven’t joined any, try to find some Chinese friends and join their Chinese New Year party. There’s still time.
Quote of the day……
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
- Helen Keller