Thursday, February 3, 2011

Respect and Tea..

It's the year of the Rabbit!!

and if you're born in the following years:
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975
1987, 1999, 2011

go check out this link 
a brief description of what's in store for you this year.

and as it is the first day of the Chinese New Year,
we set off early to my mother-in-law's
for the traditional ritual....

of giving our best wishes for the New Year to the elderly.

We exchange oranges together with a red packet for good wishes..

and after which serve tea to my mother in law...

as a form of respect..

 We tucked into sweet treats and cookies and a hearty vegetarian lunch
with the rest of the family.

With happy children ( and adults too;) )
receiving red packets (with money enclosed) and

catching up with family and friends..
the celebration continues for the next 14 days...

and as for us, we'll try to catch up on our much needed rest
and my creative muse... ;)

I've been reading much about storms, blizzards and cyclones in different parts of the world..
Do keep safe and take care...



dosfishes said...

What beautiful celebration. We are buried under snow, but safe and sound, what more can we ask for, nature's packed a beautiful wallop. xox Corrine

~*~Patty S said...

Happy Happy Year of the Rabbit dear Steph!

So very lovely that you are sharing your traditions with us...the serving tea photos are really precious!

Fourteen days of celebration sounds fun!

~*~Patty S said...

oh and

***Gong Xi Fa Cai***
or is it ***Gong Hey Fat Choy***


sharon said...

Steph, this looks amazing to me and a wonderful tradition...respect. Just beautiful!
Happy celebrating!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Even your oranges look different! They are beautiful, flatter, and smaller. The red packets I get are no where near as elegant as the ones you have. And look, they even have RABBITS on them. What a treat to see the real deal.

I had no idea the celebration lasted 14 days. I learn something new every time I visit you. Happy CNY, dear friend.

Susan Williamson said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Stephanie. Your celebration posts are simply magical!