Gong Xi Fa Chai 2012

Last month I was counting for the Christmas day and 2012 year to come.. Today, I am counting for the Chinese New Year days pula.. I am married with a Chinese guy..So I am celebrating this celebration too.. ^_^

So.. 3 more days CNY.. but for the Chinese… counting as 2 days.. because on the CNY eve we will start gathering already.. my favourite moment on CNY.

A big changed in our family this year, well it’s started last year but.. about that sad memory… we have already get rid of it.. loosing a family member is a sad thing, but life goes on.. anyway 1 go 1 came.. and this year we are celebrating with a newly family member! and it’s my little baby boy.. his 1st Chinese New year.. ^_^.. ( and may be.. may be.. *finger cross* we will be celebrating with another new member next year.. No.. Not a baby… that’s have to remain as secret 1st.. ^_^)



This year.. I am so excited to do the decorations.. Last year I am heavily pregnant with my 2nd boy.. and all the family members are not really have a heart to celebrate due to that sad moment… but we passed that moment.. and this year gonna celebrate it with happy heart.

I am having my Cherry blossoms tree in the house this year.. I always wanted to have this tree to be tall.. so this year managed to find something to make my Cherry Blossoms look taller.. haha..



I always recycle my flowers.. Will keep it after the celebration and reuse it on next year.. I just love this flowers.. ^_^.



I saw an angry bird door decoration from Tesco. Bought it to surprise my boy.. and I tell you.. everytime he come back from school.. he will say ‘Thank you mommy for the angry bird sticker’.. and it’s all worth it. ha!

I was browsing the net to see when actually the last day of CNY (Chap Goh Meh).. haha.. I am married with my hubby for 6 years.. 7 this year.. and I am still not sure how long CNY is. ;-p

So.. during the search.. I found something actually interesting to know about my husband culture.. especially regarding their CNY.

During the 1st day of Chinese New Year there are some ‘taboo’.. I guess things that you shouldn’t do..

  • Since everybody is in a festival mood under a joyful and hilarious atmosphere, people shouldn’t argue each other. Also parents shouldn’t scold or punish the children. Otherwise, you will have more argument in the new year.
  • Women shouldn’t use knife or shear in the kitchen, which indicates evil, anger, danger and cutting out the luck. As a result, women don’t cook new dishes on this day, people eat meals from the leftover.
  • Breaking dish plate, bowel or cup means bad money luck coming. In case that happens, then Chinese put all broken pieces in a round container until the coming trash day.
  • A married women shouldn’t go back to her mother home, otherwise her mother family will get poorer.
  • To sweep the floor or dump the trash will take away the wealth and luck from the house.
  • Don’t have a lunch nap at noon, otherwise people will be lazy year long.
  • To wash the hair will wash your good luck away.
  • Don’t wear in black or white to visit friends, because black and white are funeral color in China
  • People shouldn’t visit friend’s house, if they have a family member newly past away.
  • Don’t eat rice porridge in the morning breakfast, otherwise you won’t get rich because only poor people eat rice porridge in the past.
  • Don’t eat meat in the morning breakfast, because many gods who are vegetarians arrive New Year Day festival in the morning.
  • Don’t wake up people by calling their names, otherwise that sleeping person needs people’s push all year long.
  • Don’t eat unnecessary medicine, otherwise you will become unhealthy this year.
  • Don’t wash clothes, because New Year Day is the birthday of  the god of Water.
  • If someone owes you money, do not ask for the money back on this day. Otherwise, you will do it often in the rest of the year.
  • Don’t let people take anything away from your pocket or purse, because that’s a sign of money loss in the year.

No wonder my in law are so strict with the No washing.. No sweeping part.. ;-p. So another part that is interesting to know..

“After dinner, that’s a exciting time for the children. They are waiting for New Year’s Hong Bao , which is a Red Envelope containing the brand-new money. Adult or parents will hand out the Red Envelopes to children, unmarried immediate family and their parents before going to the bed. Children will put all Red Envelopes under the pillow when sleeping. They said children can sleep well without bad dream and become richer next year. The family expense increase sharply during Chinese New Year period. Usually, Chinese receive year-end bonus about one or two month salary pay. (The lucky one can even have one year salary) from the company before Chinese New Year holiday. Therefore most family can afford a better food, clothing and decoration for Chinese New Year. Banks will prepare many brand new bills for people to exchange. That’s why all the lucky money in the Red Envelope are brand-new.

The last event is the vigil to wait for new year coming. One main reason is this can extend parents lifespan. The sound of Sleepiness in Chinese is similar to Trouble. Sleepless means no trouble for the coming year. How can Chinese keep them awake? It’s simple. They watch TV shows for Chinese New Year special. The other way is gambling – playing Mah-Jong. It’s required lots of skill, memorization, calculation, strategy and luck to win the money. Since the fully concentration, you will feel the time pass quickly. Usually, they will play Mah-Jong all night long, because the loser wouldn’t quit.”

Source here.

So that is how the Chinese celebrate the new year.. well part of the story.

I might be busy on these coming days.. Not sure if I am able to update my blog.. may be updating from other country??

Last but not least… Gong Xi Fa Chai everyone!! ^_^


18 comments on Gong Xi Fa Chai 2012

  1. edith
    January 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Gong Xi Fa Chai to you & family :)
    BTW, I’ve received your gift yesterday. Thanks so much :)

    • cathj
      January 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Oh I am glad Edith.. :)

  2. Mouren
    January 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Gong Xi Fa Chai bestie!

    • cathj
      January 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      You too MK.. :)

  3. chegu carol
    January 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    eventho my mom is sino, dia tida suda kasi prektis melulu tu taboos on first day of cny…kalo ingat, stay away la…like not sweeping and pigang2 pisau…but i usually go back to my mom’s hse in the evening of the first day of CNY. since my mom tida juga sound2, i have make it a habit suda. …btw, i love your cherry blossoms decor cath :)

    • cathj
      January 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Ya bah Chegu.. hihi… my in law tidak jugak pratik all… thank God! haha.. if not…semua tidak boleh… adedededeh… ;-p

  4. Nadia
    January 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Oooo begitu ka pula? Thanksmfor sharing..sy pun nda tau,my husband is sino, but dorg pun masi blur2 lg pasal dos and donts ni..btw,happy chinese new year to u :-)

    • cathj
      January 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Happy Chinese new year to you too Nadia…. kana juga tempias tu kan..hihihihi

  5. Anne
    January 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    cantik oo tu flower arrangement ko…..happy cny:)

    • cathj
      January 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Anne.. :)

  6. UmmiRosma
    January 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    happy CNY to you and family dear…enjoy your time….

  7. Aemy
    January 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    waa..bnyk jg pantang larang kan..hehe..
    happy chinese new year!!!! :D

    • cathj
      February 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      ya.. but tidak semua org ikut 100% sudah may be zaman skrg ni… :)

  8. Arms
    January 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for listing out the taboos… I only knew some of them. Banyak pula kan. I need to learn all these because my gf is chinese, urang Johor Bahru. Mmg pure cina la urang bilang wakakaa. So kalo kami ‘lama’, knowing all this is very critical kans hehee.

    Happy Thursday, Cath J.

    • Arms
      January 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Oya, Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

      • cathj
        February 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        Thanks Arms.. :)

    • cathj
      February 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      all the best Arms… :)

      lagi 1… kalau sudah kawin… 1st chinese new year, kamu kena bagi angpau to the unmarried one separately oh…. 1 frm you…1 frm wife…. hahahaha…. (true story)

  9. SJB
    February 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Punya tinggi tu pasu.