Friday, January 31, 2014

Horsing around in the Year of Horse 2014

Hi all, how did the first day of your CNY go? For us, it's an annual mad rush to go from house to house to visit as many relatives as possible. The kids can only take cat naps in the car, the adults are busy giving out Angpaos, and we are out of the house for easily 12 hours.
 At least the kids have a lot of fun collecting Angpaos and snacking on pastries and new year goodies.
REUNION DINNER with my parents and family:

: Wishing you success and may you achieve your goals.

CNY 初一

: Happy new year!

Cheongsam from To-a-tee at The Cathay.
Clutch: Hermes Dogon.
Earrings: Chanel.
Watch: Rolex ladies oyster perpetual datejust.

: May all your hopes be fulfilled and best wishes.

: May all your wishes come true.

Cheongsam from Guangzhou during my recent trip there. I am so in love with the hand-sewn Phoenix sequins that I bought another piece in black!
Bag: Hermes Birkin.
Earrings: Chanel.
Watch: Cartier.

 History of Lunar New Year:
The centuries-old legend on the origins of the New Year celebration varies from teller to teller, but they all include a story of a terrible mythical monster who preyed on villagers.
The lion-like monster’s name was Nian (年) which is also the Chinese word for “year."
The stories also all include a wise old man who counsels the villagers to ward off the evil Nian by making loud noises with drums and firecrackers and hanging red paper cutouts and scrolls on their doors because for some reason, the Nian is scared of the color red.
The villagers took the old man’s advice and the Nian was conquered. On the anniversary of the date, the Chinese recognize the “passing of the Nian” known in Chinese as guo nian (过年), which is also synonymous with celebrating the new year.

 Since then, it is tradition to wear red and hang red ornaments and decorations for CNY! :)

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