Good evening, dear friends 😀
Well, I’m back here for a breather after 2 hectic days of preparations for the Chinese New Year Festival. The phrase “preparing for Chinese New Year” seems innocuous and simple enough but actually, there a lots to be done every year in anticipation of welcoming good energies and a happy celebration of abundance with the arrival of the Chinese New Year (CNY), which falls on Monday, 26 January, 2009. 😀
As in every year and all Chinese households, about 3 weeks before the CNY, we would embark on a decluttering of the whole house – practically every inch of it. Broken things are either repaired or disposed, because they cause negative energy. All cobwebs are vacuumed, dust wiped off, walls given a good washing or repainting, creaky doors are oiled, cabinets/refrigerators and their contents are cleaned, linen cupboards are sorted out, ovens/stove top/cooker hood/windows are cleaned….and the list goes on and on…. 🙄
My wall of gleaming glass blocks near my kitchen. I had used a vinegar-water solution to wipe off the dirt easily and effortlessly
Once the whole house is cleaned and decluttered, we can actually feel the “electrifying” chi or energy in the house, because old chi has been removed, new energies have taken its place, and the house’s chi is moving….alive, in a way.
Next is the shopping of CNY stuff – wow, I don’t know where to begin listing them….from yesterday until the eve of CNY, I am shopping for something every day! 😆
Mandarin oranges from China..a must during CNY because the word “kam” is a homonym (same sounding, different meanings) for “gold”. Boxes of “kam” are given as gifts to friends, neighbours, relatives as an auspicious and generous gesture.
The cover of the box has an auspicious Chinese character “Fu” or “Luck” in the centre and the red is an auspicious colour to mean a happy celebration. There is a lot of red seen everywhere at this time of the year…a sure sign that CNY is approaching...
This is the first batch of my CNY goodies shopping …as you can see, there is a lot of red in the picture! 😆 There are jars of traditional CNY cookies like “ribbons”, “loveletters,” “arrowroot or ngaku crisps”, “walnut cookies,” dried Shitake mushrooms, cans of lychee… some of these will go into a CNY goodie bag to be given to friends or relatives that we visit as a gift. This generous act is reciprocated by people who visit us at our home.
This part of the CNY shopping is my husband’s and sons’ favourite – they get to buy their favourite carbonated drinks, soda pop, flavoured packet drinks…etc. At the top of the picture are tissue boxes which have auspicous CNY words and are red in colour. I usually do not have such drinks often in my house because of their high sugar content but during the CNY, it is a treat for them to drink these to their hearts’ content! 🙄
….I’m sorry but I have to stop here for now…my eyes are closing as I am typing this, I better go to bed soon. I will continue writing this tomorrow… 😉
With peace and joy,