Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chinatown - Chinese New Year Shopping 2010

At last, I did some shopping for Chinese New Year. It is only one week away from Chinese New Year. I wonder why this year I am so late for my CNY shopping.

I love the way this shop decorated its shop. I think they should get a prize for best decorated shop.

These are all the favourites for Chinese New Year Shopping. Red is a favourite with all chinese. These chun lians/couplets are also favourites with the chinese. Chun Lians are couplets written with well and good luck messages. Duilians are couplets written with a pair of messages/verses normally found pasted on the front of the doors. Duilians are permanent while chun lians are temporary decorations.



Lots of red in here with some artificial fire crackers as decorations.



This being the Year of the Tiger, so tiger stuff toys and decorations are plentiful in Chinatown.

I never like tigers and am fearful of them. I used to dream of tigers (those with orange and black stripes).

Oh I love these chinese paper cuttings. Did you know that paper was invented by Cai Lun in China? So paper cutting is of course originated from China too.
You can read the history of paper cuttings from wikipedia

3 comments:

Lara Neusiedler said...

it is always interesting to read about your traditions! keep it coming, please :)!

Lawstude said...

happy chnese new year alice. and happy valentines too. :)

alicesg said...

Glad that you enjoyed my posts and photos, Lara.

Lawstude, thank you for your wishes.