happy year of the earth dog!

To those celebrating, Happy Lunar New Year \ 恭喜发财 !

2018 is the year of the Dog, according to Chinese zodiac. Interestingly, it's the year of the **Earth Dog, to be exact. This year, the lunar new year fell on Friday, February 16th, triggering one of the world's most eventful celebration -- traditional lion dances, fire crackers, lots of good, delicious food, among other things. It's such a pleasure for me to join in the festivities.

Here's a little photo diary of our first few days of celebration. 
There's not much but as usual, I adore the little decorations hung at K's parent's home, out at the garden. 
K folded some dog-shaped origami (last year he made roosters too) out of red packets and we hung them everywhere.

Some airplants at the front porch. The cutest.

Some airplants at the front porch. The cutest.

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The first day was mostly spent at his family home, also paying respect to his late grandparents at a nearby temple. 
As a family tradition, vegetarian food is eaten on the first day itself, which personally, is always a humbling but uplifting experience for me over the past years. The tastes of the dishes are mellow and in harmony.
Lots of mushrooms, tofu, potatoes, down to vegan shrimps stir-fried with cauliflowers etc. I do love my vegetables.

Strangers paying respect to their ancestors at the temple. 

Strangers paying respect to their ancestors at the temple. 

If you can see it, a dog-shaped origami hung on the rose plant.

If you can see it, a dog-shaped origami hung on the rose plant.

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Making 'kuih kapit' the traditional way on New Year's Eve. These moulds are at least 40 years old, made by K's grandfather. 

Making 'kuih kapit' the traditional way on New Year's Eve. These moulds are at least 40 years old, made by K's grandfather. 

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A candle lit in hope for a great year ahead.

A candle lit in hope for a great year ahead.

Someone's lighted a giant pair of incense.

Someone's lighted a giant pair of incense.

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We had scrumptious homecooked food until the third day, we went to Pavillion for dim sum with the family.
Xiaolongbao was the main, as it should be.
It was a nice brunch because everyone's around. Mostly what the New Year is about really, family coming together.

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The rose petals installation inside the mall is breathtaking. 
We took the chance to take some family portraits too. Always feeling like myself most behind the camera.

 

 

** one of the Chinese's Five Elements— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water — are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe. There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs and a 12-year cycle. One of the five elements is associated with each of the Chinese zodiac signs and 12-year cycles.