Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year 2011

Chinese New Year (CNY) aka lunar new year is one of the most celebrated festivals in Hong Kong. The first 3 days of first month in lunar calendar are public holidays. For 2011 it is on the 3 Feb and it will be the year of Rabbit.This is such a big festival that most shops and small restaurants will be closed on those 3 days and some up to 8 to 10 days.  Big dim sum or seafood restaurants will stay open

Many industries, particularly printing and construction, tend to close for even longer as many of the workers are from the Mainland of China and will take long trips back to their home towns during this time to visit family.

Engage in some of what you can experience while celebrating the CNY- Year of the Rabbit

Our experience was truly rewarding. Sharing a Dim Sum meal with the family of Dr. Ping Ping Fu. The table was filled with family, relatives and friends. The food exceptional.....our daughters so engaging with those who asked many questions. Dressed in their best Chinese silk, we ventured to try the food. The chicken broth garnished with the delicacies of a black chicken delicatessen.  Then the bok choi, delicious greens infused with garlic and ginger. The fish with a delicious sauce and rice, noodles to fill many tables. It was delightful. Customary in this part of the world is to bring a gift- and share. The children picked the most beautiful fruit cake from the pastry shop. It was adorned with kiwi, mango, strawberries, blueberries. At the close of the evening the children receive the customary red envelope- filled with money to wish in the new year. After the tea and sweet bean soup....we arrived home to find on our table a green bowl with two tangerines and a red envelope. Again, the tangerines which signify good fortune and prosperity for the new year. A set of beautiful tulips adorned the kitchen area- flowers another part of the customs of festivity during the new year celebrations.