The year of the Dog… Chinese New Year in Thailandfeatured

From the 16-18th February 2018, the Chinese New Year is celebrated in Thailand.

If you are in Thailand for the Chinese New Year then it will be a time for firecrackers and celebrations…The colourful processions on Chinese New Year are a sight to see… Here in Udon Thani activities include a fireworks display to celebrate the Chinese New Year, paying respect to the holy objects of UdonThani, a lion procession, EngKo fighters, and a dragon company, cloth puppets from Vietnam and various other local celebrations.

Last year it was a sight to see everywhere you looked there were red and yellow decorations it was so colourful and noisy with the music and firecrackers going off everywhere.

Chinese Year of the Dog

Many Thais can trace their roots back to China and some large Chinese Thai communities are dotted around Thailand… Bangkok’s Chinatown always hosts one huge street party…Chinatown rocks… a riot of colour, firecrackers and processions.

There are many traditions and long-held beliefs which are observed by the Thai Chinese during their New Year celebrations… The colour red is thought to be very lucky and certain foods are eaten as they are thought to be lucky or avoided as they are thought to bring bad luck… It is also a foodies dream as so much food is on display and all delicious.

Lovely fresh street food

It is believed by many that if you use a knife or scissors on New Year’s day then you will cut off your good luck also you must not cry or you will have sadness all year.

Houses are decorated and you will see red lanterns hanging everywhere as they are believed to drive off bad luck if you hang them over the entrance to the door.

New Year couplets

(对联 duìlián /dway-lyen) are pasted onto doors. On the couplets, good wishes or statements are written.

New Year good wishes are usually posted in pairs (i.e. couplets), as even numbers are always associated with good luck and auspiciousness in Chinese culture. Couplets are brush works of Chinese calligraphy, in black ink on red paper.

The two usually seven character lines of the couplet are affixed on the two sides of a doorway. Many are poems about the arrival of spring. Some are statements about what the residents want or believe in, such as harmony or prosperity. These might remain in place until renewed at the next Chinese New Year.

You will see flowers and Kumquat trees everywhere as the Kumquat trees are thought by people to bring wealth and  Good Luck and are very popular, flowers in bloom symbolise new beginnings the arrival of spring.

Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year.

This is a very old Chinese custom of naming the year with one of the names of their zodiac cycle…This year will be the year of the dog. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and other new Year superstitions.

People tend to focus on priorities like making amends and reconciling with people, they avoid causing offence, buy and wear new clothes and clean the house and throw out anything which is old or of no use. A little like the English custom of out with old and in with the new.

Billions of red and gold patterned envelopes are given out by the elderly to the young, by bosses to their workers it is thought of as a special new year bonus.

 

No single hour in any other country sees as many tons of fireworks set off as in China to bring in the New Year …fireworks are believed that the noise and smoke scares away ghosts and evil demons.

Fireworks galore

In the past,  The Lantern Festival held on the 15th day of the first lunar month heralded the end of 16 days where each day had a special celebrating activity…

If you are in Thailand or China then I wish you a very enjoyable time.

Xinnian Kuaile means Happy New Year.

I have handpicked a few things which you may need for your holiday or as a reminder of the festivities.

 

Thank you very much for reading this post I hope you enjoyed it…Until Thursday when I will be taking you on a journey to find about about the Lantern Festival which is held on the 15th day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar.

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Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them. I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling. Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing. I will be showing you cooking pots and dishes used here and local traditionst hat I discover on my travel and interesting places to visit. I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to.......Then, I will be happy!

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