Today is the fifth day of the New Year by the Chinese calendar. Unlike British new year celebrations, which are generally restricted to the evening/night of the last day of the previous year (and generally followed by hangovers), Chinese new year celebrations can continue until the fifteenth day of the new year.
Today I'd like to link to some New Year related blog posts I've enjoyed reading.
Charmaine Mok has a lovely post with some great pictures detailing a New Year spent with her family after three years away. You may recognise one of the photos from my post last week on 羅漢齋 (luó hàn zhāi/Buddha's delight) — she uses the Cantonese transliteration, loh hon jai.
Helen Yuet Ling Pang describes and photographs some traditional New Year foods and their symbolism.
Bread et Butter has not only a very comprehensive post on the foods of Chinese New Year, but also an explanation of Hokkien New Year, which is celebrated on the ninth day of the year.
I'm also going to sneak in a non-Chinese link here — the Vietnamese year starts on the same day as the Chinese year, and the New Year is celebrated in a festival known as Tết Nguyên Đán. Playing With My Food reports on several delicious-looking vegan dishes that his family enjoys on the first day of the new year.