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Lunar New Year 2017

A most popular dish when gathering for dinner with friends and family over the festive season, mainly in south-east Asia, especially in Malaysia and Singapore.   It is a collection of crunchy stuff, raw fish and thinly sliced veg  - the Yee Sang. Before eating, every one at the dining table stand to stir up the ingredients and concurrently pronounce "Lo Hei"  (in Cantonese "to stir up the energy and vibes").    Photograph was taken at the Grand Kingdom, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Klang Valley .

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The Kumquats and the Oranges are iconic symbols of prosperity and gold in Chinese culture.

Roosters can either articulate too much or are extremely quiet.  Other Rooster characteristics are discipline, problem solving and seeking attention.     They are often self-assured and organised.  Image credit - Social media.

The iconic Tu Tor or pig stomach soup, here home made for the gathering of family on Lunar New Year's Eve.

Tnieh Kueh is made from steaming banana leaf lined cups of tapioca flour and sugar.   These were found at a SS2  open market in the Klang Valley outside Kuala Lumpur.

Seafood seems to be the shared captivation for many festivals around the world.

Yummy dessert lovelies with fruit slices, at the E & O Hotel, George Town, Penang.

Red turtle snacks, made from mung bean fillings.  From the kitchen of Ms. Teoh Sian Kin.

Lanterns galore at the Kek Lok Si Temple complex in Air Itam, Penang Island.

Commercial spaces are full of festive decorations before and during the Lunar New Year.  This set up was spotted in George Town Penang at a down town shopping centre.

Kai Tan San, a favourite biscuit of mine that seems only made during the festive season.  From the kitchen of Ms. Teoh Sian Kin.

A double folded Hibiscus  flower blooms in the Wollongong area. 


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