Chinese New Year is around the corner and here at Churp Churp, we have already started munching on the New Year goodies and tossing Yu Sheng hohoho! Festive food is definitely one of the highlights during Chinese New Year, don’t you guys agree?
That is until recently, we saw what was circulating around Facebook…
Oh, the horror! :O
Nevertheless, there is a lot more to Chinese New Year than just the festive food itself. Check out why we do what we do every Chinese New Year and take a peek at how we do it – Churpie-style!
1. Yusheng/Prosperity Toss
Do you know that the colourful Yu Sheng 鱼生 that we eat today was actually created by four chefs while they were working in Singapore back in the 1960s? We all know that the best way to eat this is to toss it as high as you can, to represent the future growth in fortune for everyone present, in between shouting auspicious well-wishes for the year! Always a joyful sight to behold!
Here’s us tossing the Yu Sheng and having our advance Chinese New Year dinner together:
2. Getting dressed up in red!
Red is believed to be an auspicious colour that will fend off bad luck because as legend says, it wards off the monster Nian, as it is colour that Nian is most afraid of… Rah! Hence, it is preferred and not unusual to see families decked out in different shades of red during the New Year period like what Churpie is wearing.
3. Red Packets
Red packets, or ang bao in hokkien as everyone affectionately calls it, are not all about money! Given as a form of well-wishes and blessings by married elders to the younger generation, some people go all out every year in a bid to get their hands on the ones with special designs. Traditionally, these are used to contain money in auspicious denominations like 2 or 8, but nowadays some people use it to make New Year ornaments in the shape of lanterns and fire crackers as well. What do you think of the design of our red packet this year? Try spotting Churpie amongst the Nuffnang stickman, Nom Nom Media Nomster mascot and Jipaban Lolly!
And these are just a few of the various customs practiced during the Chinese New Year! All of which are meaningful in unique ways! We can’t wait to get busy feasting on the New Year goodies, having reunion dinners and tossing yet another round of Yu Sheng! For all our other non-Chinese Churpers, take this time to kick back and relax, and enjoy this public holiday!
Wishing all a prosperous and happy sssssnake year ahead everyone!