Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Red Mouth" chì kǒu (赤口) ...


大年初三
2011 Chinese New Year on the third day ...

观音寺,槟城乔治城
Kuan Yin Temple, Georgetown











"red mouth" chì kǒu (赤口) ...

Each day of the 15 day celebration of the Chinese New Year
seems to have a theme, and I remember that on the 3rd day
it is "red mouth" chì kǒu (赤口) or is also called chì gǒu rì (赤狗日).
chì gǒumeans "the God of Blazing Wrath" (熛怒之神).
It is generally accepted that it is not a good day to socialize or
visit your relatives and friends.

I am not sure why and not many in the younger generation
follows it. BUT I think after so many activities on the New Year eve,
first and second day of the New Year with so much food and
long days and long nights; it is important to take a rest; eat
something simple at home before the
next 9 more days of celebration !

Some quiet praying or visit the temple is also a good idea
as one can do some vegetarian food at the temples
after consuming so much "Sin" food and
you will not be able to talk too much or too loud in
a temple ...


17 comments:

Randy said...

Very interesting. I love the red lanterns.

MIMOSA said...

My congratulations to the new year, and for your always beautiful images.
kisses

Siddhartha Joshi said...

These are such lovely images...would have never guessed its in Georgetown!

I really the subtle tone, despite the heavy presence of red the pictures still look serene...

Denise Scaramai said...

Wong,
great,great,great photos!
and beuatiful colors!
congrats!
a hug

T. Becque said...

Happy new year Wong! The red lanterns are beautiful. The celebration sounds fun - 9 days!

Two Tigers said...

Wong, these are beautiful images - I frankly prefer the Eastern to the Western tradition of welcoming the New Year. In the West it seems to be about one night of excess, whereas the East follows a different path, with more depth, and putting things in a greater context of both celebration and moments of reflection. Tell me, what does the Rabbit year mean for a Tiger? Wishing you all the best.

Faaein Himura said...

prayer place is a silent place.. =]

FOTO-POESIE / POESIE+LYRIK / HAIKU+FOTOGRAFIE / KURZGESCHICHTEN said...

Fantastische Atmosphäre, die mit Weihrauch gefüllte Luft...Sehr schön!

Herlichst und viele Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

Joop Zand said...

Interesting serie Mr. Wong

i like them very much.

have a nice weekend.

Grt, Joop

Bob Bushell said...

New Year, new photos, do we need any more.

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Estupendas las fotos... Nos muestras una cultura, que a nosotros los europeos la vemos muy lejana...

Saludos y un abrazo.

Traveling Hawk said...

Wow, 15 days of celebration? Lucky you! Here we celebrate only January, 1. Good looking photos!

Eyeliquor said...

I like the philosophy on the third day..
Well done Wong!

Sandra Lage said...

Hi, Wong!

I love Kwan Yin, Mother of mercy and compassion!
Blessings!

Greetings, Sandra

UIFPW08 said...

Why do you always bring the oranges to the temple?
I dont Know.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I'm so enjoying your documenting of the Chinese New Year. Beautiful.

AB said...

Great shots of the lanterns