2011 Chinese New Year on the first day ...
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
an ordinary mind and heart is the way ...