Chinese New Year 2013

Today is the final day of the current Chinese year and, whilst the new year doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, the Year of Snake is actually already upon us. From a Chinese zodiac perspective, you’re already in to the following year once spring has begun and this is why the New Year is also referred to as Spring Festival in Chinese. So all those people who think they’re just scraping in and giving birth to dragon babies, well, that boat was missed once 4th February swung around this year. However it does mean that your baby has arrived perfectly timed to receive lots of “lei si” red packets!


In my household we’re making a last ditch attempt at cleaning – to rid the home of any bad things lingering about and to welcome the new year into an organised and clean home. At least I’ve already got the “chuen hup” (全盒) Chinese candy box ready and filled with sweets as well as roasted watermelon seeds. Fresh flowers and “jin deui” sesame glutinous rice balls representing growth and wealth are a must.


Tradition says that whatever you do on the first day of the new year will dictate how the rest of year pans out for you, thus Chinese people avoid doing any work or anything laborious in hope of having a relaxing year ahead of them. We’re lucky to have new year’s day falling on a Sunday this year, so hooray to having the day off!


Mid-week saw me convert my living room into a Chinese peanut cookie sweatshop with 116 of these babies churned out over the course of an evening. Rigid cupcake cups make for perfect little packaged gifts – in red, of course – with an upside-down “fook” () character sticker meaning “good fortune arrives”.


I was also honoured to be invited by Jenius and tinytearoom to partake in a recorded chat about Lunar New Year celebrated by people of various backgrounds across Australia. You can listen to me ramble on about Cantonese food traditions, along with the much more articulate speech of The Hungry Australian, Let’s Get Fat Together, My Korean Kitchen, Food Endeavours of the Blue Apocalypse, Ooh Look..., and Juji Chews via ABC Sydney here.

So whether you celebrate the new year at this time on the lunar calendar or not, may the one ahead be full of happiness and great food.

happy chinese new year & happy eating!

27 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Rita! Great idea using the cupcake cups as peanut cookie packaging - they look great!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! Problem is, I've now run out of those cupcake cups haha.

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  2. Happy new year to you and your family, Rita. Hope everyone enjoys those delicious cookies!

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    1. Happy New Year, Bel! Believe it or not, I still have some cookies left haha.

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  3. Happy New Year to you and G! Here's to a year full of prosperity, happiness, success and new "things" ;p Thanks for the reminder that the first year dictates the rest of my year.. I forgot as I was slightly hungover and trying to remain alert during a conference... :S

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    1. Lol I like new "things"! Well, sleepy and hungover year ahead for you then, eh? =p

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  4. Happy Chinese New Year Rita, you certainly look all set for a great year!

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    1. Thanks Tina, I'm just wondering how much boozing you'll get up to this year!

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  5. Happy Chinese New Year Rita! Wishing you a year filled with lots more love, prosperity, good health and more eating! *CNY firework party with mr. teddy!*

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    1. Lolol happy New Year to you too! And lots of fund times ahead with teddy haha =)

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  6. I love your photos! Amazing colors and contrast!

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  7. Happy New Year Rita! Love your styling. So much red = lots of good lucky ;) I think lotsssssssss of people made that peanut cookie, and many had to double the recipe as too many went into our own mouths haha

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  8. We Hindus share a lot of your beliefs - like whatever you do on the first day of the year you'll the rest of the year - so we eat lots of yummy things too.
    Your peanut cookies look delicious. And happy CNY!

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    1. There's nothing better than starting a New Year with good food, is there?

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  9. Happy New Year!
    What a great story with gorgeous images.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Well captured by photograph. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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  11. Happy New Year gorgeous. Loving your festive photos and desiring your cookies!

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  12. Happy belated CNY! Looks like fun festivity eats :)

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  13. lovely post! this is always the busiest time around the house but theres always so much food around, im not complaining!

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  14. Chinese New Year marked the end of winter, and the earth coming back to life as the new budding season began in the spring. That is why Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.

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