As some of you may know, my boyfriend is Chinese, his family originate from Hong Kong and I am continually fascinated by their culture. In fact, I love learning about lots of different cultures. I have always been interested in different cultural traditions and how each one differs from the next, and today I thought I'd share with you some interesting things I have learned from Garlok's family and also through my research online about Chinese New Year.
So starting off with the basics, every year the date for Chinese New Year changes due to it being based on the lunisolar chinese calendar. This year started on Saturday 28th January, festivities usually start the day before and continue until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new year. Each Chinese new year is associated with one of the 12 animals that appear in the Chinese Zodiac, this year will be the year of the Rooster.
Moving onto the food...my favourite bit of course! So for dinner on Saturday we had enormous prawns, a dish called 'Drunken Chicken', choi and chinese mushrooms, sea bream with ginger and spring onions, a chinese root vegetable and rice. Yes this sounds like a lot, but its quite normal to have a few different dishes on the table and you can then pick and choose what you want and how much. I always end up eating way too much because Garlok's Mum is such an amazing cook it's just too yummy!
We also ate a traditional this traditional sweet food called "leen goh" which basically means "year cake". It is a sweet and sticky type of rice cake, it is fried so that the outside is nice and crispy while the inside is all gooey. It is said to be eaten on Chinese New Year as the translation of the year cake can all be interpreted as "higher year" so it is said that if you eat these it us symbolic of raising yourself higher/taller (could be a higher wealth etc) in the coming year.
I'll finish off by saying "Gong Hay Fat Choy", and I hope I haven't overloaded your brain too much!
P.S. Just realised I totally forgot to talk about my outfit. Hello red shoes! This is such a statement for me, but I have been seeing some serious outfit inspiration recently with red shoes from the likes of Lucy Williams from Fashion me now and Lizzy Hadfield from Shot from the Street. SO I just could not resist this super cute mary jane style from Topshop. I kept the rest of the outfit really minimal so that they shoes could do the talking, and I really love the pop of red from the tshirt, it really pulls the whole outfit together.
P.P.S. Also apologies for the hair, the weather was rubbish and I it totally turned my hair into a frizz ball!