Posts Tagged ‘Chinese New Year’


New Year Resolutions Part 1

New Year Resolutions Part 1

As we bid goodbye to 2011, the Malaysia.com team enlisted the help of Julie Woon and Megan Tan, the two lovely emcees for Mystical Eve 2011, to pose some New Year related questions, especially about the ever famous New Year Resolutions. They gamely took the challenge and asked some typical Malaysians. The following is the first five questions we posed and the respective answers by the interviewees.
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Chap Goh Meh Celebration Celebration 2011

Chap Goh Meh Celebration Celebration 2011

Chinese New Year celebrations in Malaysia last for 15 days, culminating with a night with a full moon. That is, if it does not rain on the night itself. The full moon has long been associated with love in many cultures worldwide, so it comes as no surprise that the last day, or rather night, of Chinese New Year is earmarked for lovers. In Penang, the 15th night, known in Hokkien dialect as Chap Goh Meh, is celebrated quite lavishly, with an event organised around quirky Straits Chinese traditions.
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Penang CNY Cultural & Heritage Celebration 2011

Penang CNY Cultural & Heritage Celebration 2011

The Chinese youth of Penang are out to prove that the adage, Old is gold, rings true by turning the clock back during this year’s Penang Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration. Held as part of the state’s Chinese New Year celebrations, this event has grown in strength and popularity, and is quickly becoming a major tourist attraction associated to the most important Chinese festival in Malaysia.
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Chinese New Year Open House

Chinese New Year Open House

Malaysia is home to a variety of races living harmoniously under one roof for over five decades. Having lived together in communities for so long, it is only natural that we grow to adopt one or two of the customs and practices of other races into our daily lives. Do not be surprised to hear a child using his/her name in place of herself when talking to his/her parents or other elder members of her family. This practice is most common in Malay families as it is considered rude to use ‘saya’ (I or me) when addressing others.

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Chinese New Year at Chin Swee Cave Temple

Chinese New Year at Chin Swee Cave Temple

Chinese New Year is always a great time to see Malaysia, even though the traffic may be heavier than usual. It is the one time in the year that Chinese culture really comes to life, with a slew of festivities and events held in conjunction with this auspicious celebration. While some Malaysians opt to travel overseas or return to their hometowns, others head for popular local destinations, including Penang Island, Port Dickson, and of course, Genting Highlands.
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Chinese New Year 2011

Chinese New Year 2011

Chinese New Year is one of the biggest annual festivals of Malaysia, and is widely celebrated not only by the Chinese community, but by Malaysians in general. It is a time of reunion and renewal for the Chinese, a celebration of new beginnings, happiness and prosperity. In the month leading up to the Chinese New Year, cities and towns ‘turn’ red, as shops and streets are decked in festive decorations of red and yellow, colours representing prosperity and wealth to the Chinese. Shops do brisk business selling an assortment of products, mostly clothes and traditional New Year delicacies in the run up to the big day.
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