Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

This is the Year of the Rat. If you are a visitor to Malaysia, you would have noticed the Chinese New Year decorations downtown, in malls and homes.

Even the food served is different from normal times. Have you tried this dish? Have you seen the ritual involved? Everyone around the table uses a pair of chopsticks and toss the dish with wishes of better tidings in the new year.

This is a dish of various vegetables and fruits cut up in strips mixed with raw fish slices or abalone and condiments. This dish called "Yee Sang" is only available during the Chinese New Year. Nowhere else in the world will you find this yummy unique Yee Sang dish.

Lantern decorations adorn the streets for that air of festivity.

Chinese oranges or mandarins are synonymous with the Chinese New Year. They symbolise good fortune.

The pictures above are actually e-postcards. Would you like to send them to your friends and family at home? They can be found on Postcards from Malaysia.

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