Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tradition and Hope 传统与希望 ...


大年初一
2011 Chinese New Year on the first day ...

观音寺,槟城乔治城
Kuan Yin Temple, Georgetown



Incense burning whether small sticks or huge sticks is a tradition 
which symbolizes offerings, hope, and long life ...



It is customary on auspicious day of for example the first day or 15th day of
every month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar; more so during the Chinese New Year
from the which last for 15 days to have bird releasing ceremonies ...
perhaps symbolizes to be free from obstacles ...


:'Hock Kueh" (发糕) or "Fa Gao" which of steamed brown sugar cake
is a usual offering during any prayers of auspicious days ...
You can see why if you do a direct translation of the word
in english "Steamed "Reaping Prosperity" ... 




Travelling monks can be seen in Chinese Temples around Georgetown, Penang ...



Let pray for the release of these birds soon ...
However, you have to pay to release a bird !!!!






To be honest, I have no idea of the real origins of the Chinese New Year 
although there are many stories and myths about its origins. 
However, it is popularly recognised as the Spring Festival and celebrations 
which last for 15 days from the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

In other traditions, by this time in the new year, most resolutions which probably 
made on or after December 31 have been perhaps subtly forgotten and placed 
in a shelf marked "perhaps next year." 

However, all hope is not lost, as there's a second chance to start afresh 
with the celebration of Chinese New Year which seems to always fall just 
a few weeks after January 1 every year. 

For me, I have always made my resolutions for the coming year on the 
first day of the Chinese New Year. 
My resolution this year is

平常
an ordinary mind and heart is the way ...

29 comments:

Eyeliquor said...

Cool stuff!
Happy New Year to you Wong!

Luz said...

Feliz año nuevo!
ya comenzó es este el del conejo!!
Me encanta los festejos en el barrrio chino
saludos!

Lavinia Ban said...

Wow... all these photo-reportages you show are so great!
Have a Happy & successful New Year!

ρομπερτ said...

Your ability to take pictures melting into words amazes.

Please have you all a good Thursday.

daily athens

Nurr Kasih said...

Happy Chinese New Year Mr.Wong.

Mama-Bug said...

Wonderful series of photos. Happy Chinese New Year!

Cloudia said...

新年快乐的朋友!


Aloha from Honolulu
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Cloudia said...

Wonderful trip to the temple!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wonderful street photos -- those fireworks are enormous, so I'm guessing they're spectacular. Hope you enjoy the Year of the Rabbit.

Levonne said...

Cool shots Wong. I wonder what those birds will be used for?

Serline said...

May the Year of the Rabbit rain showers of blessings upon you and your loved ones! Best of luck with your resolution...

Joop Zand said...

Colorful and nice serie photo's

Happy New Year my friend !!

Greetings, Joop

Faaein Himura said...

Happy Chinese New Year Mr. Wong... (^^,)

pharaonx said...

I am glad because I have the opportunity to see framents of life, from very far away, moments that might not ever have the opportunity to see them. thanks for sharing

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

fantastic serie! you are so great my friend

imhkki said...

great captures

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

Happy New Year, a year of peace and reason

Kind regards

Hans-Peter

Traveling Hawk said...

Wonderful the first picture and I also like the photos with the monks!

Rizalenio said...

Happy Chinese New Year! All the best for the coming year.

Bitch said...

Wong.
Happy New Year.
Wonderful photos!

Laura.M said...

Feliz año del conejo Wong!!
Que tus deseos se cumplan.
Saludos.Laura

Tommy Andre Nekkoy said...

Happy New (Chines) Year - and thank you for sharing this documentary with us

c",)

Erika said...

Happy New Year, dear friend Wong!

Olga said...

Wong,
Best wishes for you in New Year!
Even if times change, we need a few traditions for the holidays. We just enjoy them now in a different way.
Beautiful photos!

Costea said...

Wonderful traditions. I notice a blue tint in pictures.

Thilda said...

Wonderful photos! Colours!! :)

YOSUKE said...

In my hometown, currently the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival is held.
I have the festival in China, I love gorgeous colorful festivals.
Happy new year! And a good weekend!

UIFPW08 said...

Happy new yar Wong. Greatings

OlgitosK said...

I told you and before I find those set of shots just amazing.The tones here as like old movie..