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#5 Buying New Clothes
New Year, New Clothes! Yeah! 😍
Well, Chinese New Year is not the only reason for us to buy more new stuff, but it also signifies the start of another year on a clean state. It is believed that wearing new clothes from head to toe symbolizes a new start and fresh hopes for the brand-New Year. So, all the bad luck and negative aura should be left behind in the previous year.
This is why you can see that weeks before Chinese New Year strikes, the malls will be flooded with Chinese buying new clothes! Hence, we get the old saying ‘Out with the old, in with the new’.
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#6 Lighting Up Firecrackers
Apart from annoying your neighbors and scaring your pets, firecrackers were used to ward off the Nian monster in the ancient times. As the legend goes, the Nian monster would come out to eat villagers, destroy their homes and devour any animal or human it sees.
One year, the villagers were burning bamboo to keep themselves warm, and the Nian monster was frightened by the cracking noise of the burning bamboo. Since then, the villagers figured out a way to drive away the Nian monster and keep themselves safe. As time passed on and technology advanced, firecrackers were invented and it replaced the burning of bamboo.
Today, lighting firecrackers 🎆 is a major custom that is performed to scare off evil spirits and celebrate the coming of the New Year.
#7 Offering Nian Gao
Nian Gao is a food prepared from glutinous rice and its consumed in Chinese cuisine. The Jade Emperor, or so called the Sky God’s birthday falls on the 9th day of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese would offer him Nian Gao instead of the birthday cake to honor his day.
According to legend, every family would have a Kitchen God. This sticky, sweet snack was believed to be an offering to the Kitchen God, so that his mouth will be stuck together from the sticky cake so that he cannot badmouth the human’s family when he reports to the Jade Emperor!
Besides being a Chinese New Year cake, the sound of ‘Nian Gao’ resembles a meaning of higher achievement every year. Nowadays, the Malay community in Malaysia has also adopted this sweet snack, and it is called as ‘Kuih Bakul’.
#8 Chap Goh Meh Celebration
Finally, the Chinese New Year comes to an end, and it won’t be complete without celebrating Chap Goh Meh. Well, many of us might have the impression that Chap Goh Meh originated from China. But it’s actually not! Okay, let’s spill the beans: it came from our very own little Penang island! Surprised? Yeah, we too! Read more HERE! 🍊
It is belief that on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, single and available ladies start to write their name/ contact number/ email address/ Facebook ID/ WeChat ID/ Snapchat ID/ Twitter ID… etc on the mandarin oranges and toss them into the sea, lake or pond, hoping to find their one true love. As tradition goes on, Chap Goh Meh is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day 💕.
So, there you go: The 8 common things Malaysians might not know about CNY tradition! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our special CNY blog edition and feel free to like, comment and share our blog. This is how we co-create value – by sharing good things with one another!
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