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Happy Lunar New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (2016)!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:45 pm    Post subject: Happy Lunar New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (2016)! Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Lunar New Year!!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy new year!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Lunar Year!!

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish everyone Good fortune in the New Year .

PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Third day

The third day is known as "red mouth" (Chinese: 赤口; pinyin: Chkǒu). Chikou is also called "Chigou's Day" (Chinese: 赤狗日; pinyin: Chgǒur). Chigou, literally "red dog", is an epithet of "the God of Blazing Wrath" (Chinese: 熛怒之神; pinyin: Biāo n zhī shn). Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires. It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting.[38][39] Hakka villagers in rural Hong Kong in the 1960s called it the Day of the Poor Devil and believed everyone should stay at home.[40] This is also considered a propitious day to visit the temple of the God of Wealth and have one's future told.

Fourth day

In those communities that celebrate Chinese New Year for 15 days, the fourth day is when corporate "spring dinners" kick off and business returns to normal. Other areas that have a longer Chinese New Year holiday will celebrate and welcome the gods in this day.

Fifth day

This day is the god of Wealth's birthday. In northern China, people eat jiaozi, or dumplings, on the morning of powu (Chinese: 破五; pinyin: pwǔ). In Taiwan, businesses traditionally re-open on the next day (the sixth day), accompanied by firecrackers.

It is also common in China that on the 5th day people will shoot off firecrackers to get Guan Yu's attention, thus ensuring his favor and good fortune for the new year.[41]

Seventh day

The seventh day, traditionally known as Renri (the common person's birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older. In some overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Singapore, it is also the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten for continued wealth and prosperity.

For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat, the seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist cosmology who is analogous to the Jade Emperor.
Chinese New Year's celebrations, on the eighth day, in the Metro Vancouver suburb of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
Eighth day

Another family dinner is held to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven. People normally return to work by the eighth day, therefore the Store owners will host a lunch/dinner with their employees, thanking their employees for the work they have done for the whole year.

Approaching 12 midnight on this day, Hokkien people prepare for the "Jade Emperor ritual" (Hokkien: 拜天公 Pi Thiⁿ-kong) during which incense is burnt and food offerings made to the Jade Emperor and also to Zao Jun, the Kitchen god who reports on each family to the Jade Emperor.

Some people will hold a ritual prayer after midnight on the eighth day. In Malaysia, especially, people light fireworks, often more than on the first day.

This practice of Bai Ti Gong can also be seen in Singapore.

Ninth day

The ninth day of the New Year is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven in the Daoist Pantheon.[42] The ninth day is traditionally the birthday of the Jade Emperor. This day, called Ti Kong Dan (Hokkien: 天公诞 Thiⁿ-kong Tan), Ti Kong Si (Hokkien: 天公生 Thiⁿ-kong Siⁿ) or Pai Ti Kong (Hokkien: 拜天公 Pi Thiⁿ-kong), is especially important to Hokkiens, even more important than the first day of the Chinese New Year.[43]

Come midnight of the eighth day of the new year, Hokkiens will offer thanks to the Emperor of Heaven. A prominent requisite offering is sugarcane.[43] Legend holds that the Hokkien were spared from a massacre by Japanese pirates by hiding in a sugarcane plantation during the eighth and ninth days of the Chinese New Year, coinciding with the Jade Emperor's birthday.[43] Since "sugarcane" (Hokkien: 甘蔗 kam-chi) is a near homonym to "thank you" (Hokkien: 感谢 km-siā) in the Hokkien dialect, Hokkiens offer sugarcane on the eve of his birthday, symbolic of their gratitude.[43]

In the morning of this birthday (traditionally anytime from midnight to 7am), Taiwanese households set up an altar table with 3 layers: one top (containing offertories of six vegetables (Chinese: 六斋; pinyin: li zhāi), noodles, fruits, cakes, tangyuan, vegetable bowls, and unripe betel, all decorated with paper lanterns) and two lower levels (containing the five sacrifices and wines) to honor the deities below the Jade Emperor.[42] The household then kneels three times and kowtows nine times to pay obeisance and wish him a long life.[42]

Incense, tea, fruit, vegetarian food or roast pig, and gold paper is served as a customary protocol for paying respect to an honored person.

Tenth day

The Jade Emperor's party is celebrated on this day.

Thirteenth day

On the 13th day people will eat pure vegetarian food in the belief that it will clean out their stomachs due to consuming too much food over the preceding two weeks.

This day is dedicated to the General Guan Yu, also known as the Chinese God of War. Guan Yu was born in the Han dynasty and is considered the greatest general in Chinese history. He represents loyalty, strength, truth, and justice. According to history, he was tricked by the enemy and was beheaded.

Almost every organization and business in China will pray to Guan Yu on this day. Before his life ended, Guan Yu had won over one hundred battles and that is a goal that all businesses in China want to accomplish. In a way, people look at him as the God of Wealth or the God of Success.

Fifteenth day

The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as "Yuanxiao Festival" (simplified Chinese: 元宵节; traditional Chinese: 元宵節; pinyin: Yun xiāo ji), also known as "Shangyuan Festival" (simplified Chinese: 上元节; traditional Chinese: 上元節; pinyin: Shng yun ji) or the Lantern Festival (otherwise known as Chap Goh Mei Chinese: 十五暝; pinyin: Shwǔmng; literally: "the fifteen night" in Fujian dialect). Rice dumplings tangyuan (simplified Chinese: 汤圆; traditional Chinese: 湯圓; pinyin: tang yun), a sweet glutinous rice ball brewed in a soup, are eaten this day. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns.

In China, Malaysia and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking for a romantic partner, akin to Valentine's Day.[44] Normally, single women would write their contact number on mandarin oranges and throw it in a river or a lake while single men would collect them and eat the oranges. The taste is an indication of their possible love: sweet represents a good fate while sour represents a bad fate.

This day often marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Chuc Mung Nam Moi" or Happy New Year in Vietnamese. these are from 'Tet' or the Vietnamese version of the Lunar New Year in Saigon. offerings set up in front of house entrances just before midnight:

house offerings for New Year[/url] by andreas, on Flickr

it's to say thank you and to invite new spirits for the New Year
house offerings for New Year[/url] by andreas, on Flickr

at the Jade Emperor Pagoda:
at Jade Emperor Pagoda[/url] by andreas, on Flickr

at Jade Emperor Pagoda[/url] by andreas, on Flickr

first 2 Canon LTM 1.4/50, 3rd and 4th C.Skopar 4/21, all on Sony A7

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy new year!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

at 'Nu Sentral department Store' in Kuala Lumpur:

posing for good luck[/url] by andreas, on Flickr, CV Skopar 4/21, Sony A7