You might have noticed that I was off-line most of last week and the beginning of this week. We have been celebrating Chinese New Year. This year we are taking no chances with our luck.
Not only did we attend the Chinese New Year parade and feed the lion, we also decorated for the New Year. I couldn’t resist buying these guys when I saw them at the street vender during the Honolulu Chinatown block party.
I brought a steamer and spent a full day making gau, a sticky pudding made with mochi flour, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and water. I even made it the old-fashioned way this year instead of in the microwave.
Here’s how it turned out! I gave some to my in-laws since gau is supposed to help families stick together.
Hubby and I got these to bring good karma to our home.
And this big one to place in our entry way.
I also spent time organizing and cleaning the house, and of course we had a wonderful Chinese meal that included a whole chicken for family harmony combined with a whole lobster for a harmonious marriage and noodles for long life and shrimp dumplings for wealth.
Kung Hee Fat Choy! (May prosperity be with you!)
Welcome the Year of the Rabbit!
Hawaii’s population is approximately one third Chinese according to one of the writers for Examiner.com although that number includes those who are of mixed race like my children. Therefore, like many homes in the islands we celebrate Chinese New Year. Three years ago I even learned to make gau, a sticky brown sugar sweet treat made with rice flour to bring sweetness to the new year and help the family to stick together. My mother-in-law makes the jai , a Chinese vegetarian dish for celebration of the new lunar year.
I am grateful for my multicultural family and that we live in Hawaii where children grow up respecting multiple cultures. The Lion belongs to my son. My children used to pretend to perform a lion dance and ask for money from us when they were younger. Traditionally feeding the lion money is supposed to bring one luck and wealth. Now our lion is mostly for decoration although my two still like getting money. Lia see is the custom of giving lucky money in special red envelops to unwed children as a symbol of good luck and wealth. For more about symbolism and Chinese New Year celebrations you may read: Symbolism holds sway for Chinese New Year – Hawaii Features – Staradvertiser.com. And/or Life is Good| Changing Times blog, staradvertiser.com | Honolulu, Hawaii.
May you and yours have a year of harmony, joy, health, and prosperity!