Posts Tagged ‘Chinese New Year’

Holiday greetings: Happy Lunar New Year 2016

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

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It’s Chinese New Year today and the beginning of the Monkey year in the Chinese Zodiac. Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. This year, it’s the year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac.

We took the photo when our family visited Jigokudani in Nagano back in 2008 to see the unique Snow Monkeys that indulge in the natural hotsprings there amidst the Winter snow.

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Time to say goodbye to the Goat Year

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Today is the eve of the Lunar New Year, and the last day of the year of the Goat.

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Saying goodbye to the Goat Year. Today is the last day of the year of the Goat Zodiac. Tomorrow is the traditional Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Monkey Year.

Tomorrow is the traditional New Year based on the Lunar calendar and the beginning of the Monkey Year, according to the Chinese Zodiac.

The curious goat in the photo was grazing on farmland on the mountainside overlooking Zell am See in Austria.

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Holiday greetings: Happy Lunar New Year 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. This year, it’s the year of the Goat, according to the Chinese zodiac.

Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

I snapped this photo of a kid in a small town called Takamori at the Southeastern corner of the Aso caldera in Kyushu, Japan. The Chinese greetings is a pun during the Goat (on the Chinese Zodiac) years on the traditional Lunar New Year greeting “三阳开泰” - which augurs an auspicious year as the sun ushers in the warm Spring from the cold Winter. Photos taken in 2012 with a Nikon D800 DSLR with an AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I snapped this photo of a kid in a small town called Takamori at the Southeastern corner of the Aso caldera in Kyushu, Japan. The Chinese greetings is a pun during the Goat (on the Chinese Zodiac) years on the traditional Lunar New Year greeting “三阳开泰” – which augurs an auspicious year ahead as the sun ushers in the warm Spring from the cold Winter. Photo taken in 2012 with a Nikon D800 DSLR with an AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It’s customary for Chinese to give out Ang Pows during the Lunar New Year. These are red paper envelopes containing money that’s given to relatives and children.

It being the new year, you’re supposed to use crispy new notes in these red packets.

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Holiday greetings: Happy Lunar New Year 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

Auspicious red horse bringing good tidings as the Year of the Horse arrives in Chinatown in Singapore. Taken with Samsung Note 3 phablet camera. Cropped and captions added in Photoshop CC.

Auspicious red horse bringing good tidings as the Year of the Horse arrives in Chinatown in Singapore. Taken with Samsung GALAXY Note 3 phablet camera. Cropped and captions added in Photoshop CC.

It’s customary for Chinese to give out Ang Pows during the Lunar New Year.

These are red paper envelopes containing money that’s given to relatives and children.

"车水马龙" - 正好形容本地牛"车水"迎接"马"年新春的盛景(包括这些灯"笼"及马路上的交通长"龙")。上星期与家人一同闲逛牛车水,到处人山人海,车水马龙,洋溢着迎春的气氛。这枚照片, 利用Samsung Note 3 手机手持拍摄。

“车水马龙” – 正好形容本地牛”车水”迎接”马”年新春的盛景(包括这些灯”笼”及马路上的交通长”龙”)。上星期与家人一同闲逛牛车水,到处人山人海,车水马龙,洋溢着迎春的气氛。这枚照片, 利用 Samsung GALAXY Note 3 手机手持拍摄。

It being the new year, you’re supposed to use crispy new notes in these red packets.

“今天是大年初一,在此恭祝大家:新年快乐,万事如意,身体健康,龙马精神!” – 科技点心(微薄)

I had to go on a little round-the-island this year to exchange for new notes, because I found that – unlike some past years – the ATM machines were dispensing old notes.

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Infographic: Mobile usage during Chinese New Year 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Here’s an infographic by Millennial Media on mobile usage trends in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong during Chinese New Year.

Games, social, entertainment, and music and audio were the most frequently accessed types of content during this period.

Games, social, entertainment, and music and audio were the most frequently accessed types of content during this period.

The infographic shares insights into mobile traffic during this period, looks at the type of devices used and also examines the types of content accessed most often.

There was a 15 per cent rise in traffic on Chinese New Year eve between 9pm and 12am, as mobile users stayed up late to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. A 10 per cent rise is traffic was also seen between 12am and 2am on Chinese New Year's Day.

There was a 15 per cent rise in traffic on Chinese New Year eve between 9pm and 12am, as mobile users stayed up late to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. A 10 per cent rise is traffic was also seen between 12am and 2am on Chinese New Year’s Day.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

财神爷 wishes all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Chinese New Year! Taken with an HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Text added in Photoshop CS6.

财神爷 wishes all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Chinese New Year! Taken with an HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Text added in Photoshop CS6.

I was having breakfast at the neighbourhood coffee shop last Sunday morning when I noticed the tiny figurine in the photo sitting in the middle of the table.

Since this is the Chinese New Year period, I suppose it’s Cai Shen Ye – the God of Fortune in the traditional Chinese pantheon.

Was this merely a handphone charm inadvertently left behind by another patron, or is the popular deity paying a visit to the mortal world?

At any rate, I lost no time in snapping a candid shot with my own handphone.

An oasis of peace in the midst of Chinese New Year hullabaloo

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

We were walking through this neighbourhood street mall on Chinese New Year’s Eve morning. Shops were teeming with people doing last minute shopping for the Reunion Dinner that night.

Having a sleep-in past noon on a Saturday. Right in the midst of the hullabaloo of Chinese New Year's Eve shopping all around it. Taken with an HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

Having a sleep-in past noon on a Saturday. Right in the midst of the hullabaloo of Chinese New Year’s Eve shopping all around it. Taken with an HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

In the midst of all that hullabaloo, this kitty was sleeping most indulgently on the doorstep of one of these shops.

“在午时熙熙攘攘的除夕年货市场当中,这只猫咪却安详地沉睡着。完全淘迷在甜蜜的睡梦中。” – 科技点心(微薄)

Some of the shoppers tip-toed around it, while others looked like they’d have stepped right on it.

The kitty itself, however, was totally oblivious to the buzz of activities surrounding it.

An escapade too many, the night before, perhaps?

Cheerful Chinese New Year colours in Chinatown

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

It’s the Lunar New Year period and Chinatowns all over the world are abuzz with decorations and festival sales in anticipation of Chinese New Year.

This couple reads

This couple reads “Welcoming the new spring and happiness” to the right, and “Prosperity through Harmony” to the left. I snapped this picture with the Sony Xperia Ion Android smartphone.

I was walking in Chinatown Singapore and came across this corridor outside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple that brightly decorated with these floral wreaths and Chinese well-wishing couplets.

Happy Lunar New Year

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year today. Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival!

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year!

Original photo taken with Nikon 1 V1. Watercolour painting effect using Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet with Corel Essentials 4.

And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐,万事如意,步步高升,恭喜发财,龙马精神;
身体健康,心想事成,学业进步,生意兴隆,马到功成!