Chinese New Year Craft: Dot-A-Dot Cherry Blossoms

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Goodbye Christmas, hello Chinese New Year!

Back in November, shops have already started selling Chinese New Year decorations and goodies. It was oh so, confusing with Christmas and Chinese New Year marked so close each other.

With the Lunar New Year fast approaching (another 10 days?!), it’s time to get into the festive mood and start our preparations.

Here’s a fuss-free way to DIY your house and show off your kids’ craft to your visitors (even if your kid isn’t crafty). Continue reading Chinese New Year Craft: Dot-A-Dot Cherry Blossoms

Happy Winter Solstice (冬至节快乐)

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is dong zhi 冬至 or Winter Solstice Festival.  It’s known to be the longest night of the year, depending which part of the world you reside in.  Singapore is one degree north of the equator so while we still get a shorter day, it barely makes any difference.

Nevertheless, it’s still celebrated by many Chinese families here.  It’s a time to get together and enjoy the evening eating tang yuan 汤圆 (glutinous rice balls).

These brightly coloured rice balls literally mean “round dumplings in sweet soup”, and symbolise family unity.  They may be plain or filled with paste, and eaten with either sweet or savoury soup.

We bought ours from the supermarket instead of making them from scratch.  The glutinous balls were made by a local company, “Chinatown”.  We bought those stuffed with peanut paste and cooked with ginger soup base.

Winter Solstice - Glutinous Rice Balls

It was a simple family fare but we enjoyed ourselves.  No prepared activities, no lesson plans, just basking in the warmth of family.  Happy Winter Solstice!

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

George Bernard Shaw