Year of the Rabbit 2011

The Year of the Rabbit is back again from 3 Feb 2011 to 22 Jan 2012. It is the Year of the Metal Rabbit, to be precise, as in the lunar calendar, the animal zodiac sign of each year is associated with one of the five elements, namely wood (), fire (), earth (土), metal () and water (). Anyway, may the Metal Rabbit bring you health, joy and prosperity with plenty of precious metals!

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Origami-inspired rabbits at ION orchard

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The God of Prosperity at the River Hongbao (春到河畔) festivity in Singapore

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River Hongbao festive decorations and Marina Bay Sands


Year of the Tiger 2010

The new year of the tiger begins on 14 Feb 2010, replacing the old year of the ox, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The new year day is a public holiday in multi-ethinic societies, such as Malaysia and Singapore, in South East Asia.

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Chinese New Year decoration at New Bridge Rd. and Eu Tong Sen St., Singapore (02/2010)


Lions in the Campus

This is another blog entry related to the Chinese New Year, with snapshots and video clip on the visit of the lions to UNMC (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus). This has been an annual event and well-received by the campus community of diverse backgrounds.

Lion Dance 1

Lion Dance 2

Lion Dance 3

Video clip (QuickTime Player)

Video clip (YouTube)

OXpicious New Year

The Chinese communities around the world celebrate the lunar new year of the ox on 26 Jan 2009. The malls in KL are again lavishly decorated and embellished by festive red lanterns, mei (梅) flowers and ox-related ornaments to mark the annual occasion. Happy niu year (niu=牛=ox) and have an oxpicious year ahead!

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"The golden bull of prosperity" at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

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Red is the colour at 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

Chinese New Year in Cosmopolitan London

(xinniankuaile, wanshiruyi = Happy New Year and Everything Goes Well as Wished!)

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Clockwise from top left: Street decorations near Oxford Circus tube station, Chinatown (day), Chinatown (night), Cultural performances at Trafalgar Square (02/2008)

Video clip: Firecrackers at Leicester Square (10/02/2008)