Chinese New Year red packets (红包)
The ChinesEE New Year 15-day celebration was just over last week and we would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year. May everyone be happy and healthy always.
During the first day of Chinese New Year, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and red packets from their parents. These packets often contain money in certain numbers that reflect good luck and honorability. In Malaysia, married person would not turn down the request when asked for red packets as it would mean that he or she would be “out of luck” in the new year. So next Chinese New year, when you meet someone married, do not hesistate to request for red packets.
Last month in mid of January, we too celebrated Thaipusam together with the Tamil community. During the colorful celebration devotees would carry out rituals like shaving their hair and carry various types of kavidi (burdens) undertake a pilgrimage along a set of route while engaging in various acts of devotion. Besides devotees would subject themselves to painful rituals such as piercing themselves with hooks, skewers and small lances. It was a nice feeling to be among friends and sharing the joy of one’s festival.
May everyonEE be happy and healthy always. Sharing some shots taken these two months festival season.
1 Malaysia lion dance
fishing village in Merlimau, Melaka
blessing of marriage