Thursday, February 26, 2009

Year of the Ox

I wanted to share few pictures of the Chinese New year. Chinese New year is popularly known as "Spring Festival" and it is marked by family re-unions at ancestoral homes. It is celeberated with a festive dinner on the eve of Spring Festival and bursting of fire crackers. This Spring festival concludes with the Lantern Festival. The celebrations last for 15 days. The schools,banks & offices remain closed for a whole week. The places of tourist interest are thronged with visitors. Chinese have 12 animals representing each year. This year was the year of Ox and ox dominated all the decorations. This year it was celebrated on 26th January.  For more information about Chinese New year click here and for Lantern Festival click here.








































































22 comments:

Superchef said...

very enlightening post!

Superchef said...

very enlightening post!

Madhu said...

Nice pics..Don't know much about chinese year will read on, i am interested in astrology and stuff.

Deepa Hari said...

Pics are cool....Nice one.

Varsha Vipins said...

Uj dear..so having a good time huh..enjoy n share more pics ..:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow awesome. Colorful and bright......

RAKS KITCHEN said...

You live in a beautiful place:)
Here in Singapore too they celebrate,only for 3 days,but for this itself there wont be any shops open for 3 days,we feel too hard! 15 days!! Oh my god!
Pictures are too gud,thanks for sharing!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. awesone.. nice pics..

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice clicks!!!...enjoy...

Asha said...

UJ, nice job girl. All the Chinese festivals are so colorful just like Indians. Such great photos. I would like to visit China one day. You are lucky to experience another culture. Thanks for posting posting these. Try and make small amount of Obbattu and Payasa, should try atleast once! :)

notyet100 said...

ur clicks reminded me of singapore

Suparna said...

beautiful snaps, thanks for sharing :)

TC

AnuSriram said...

Wow... such a nice pictures! Interesting post!

DEESHA said...

thatz a informative post .. lovely pics

Maya said...

Nice and festive! Good for you that you can join in and get to know about chinese festivities too! Great post. Do those creations keep floating in the water or still ?

Ashwini said...

wow so lovely and colorful..It must have been fun to watch all those traditions..Lovely pictures..

Priya said...

Thanks a lot for this virtual festival clicks UJ!!

Smitha said...

Nice pics ujwal . I have always wanted to visit china nad hope that dream comes true.

Smitha said...

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Smitha :)

Cham said...

Cool 15 days no school, kids should be happy! Beautiful pictures

Ramya Bala said...

Beautiful pics Uj,thanks for sharing :)

Uj said...

All,
Thank you for your sweet comments.

RK,
Here bank, offices and schools will be closed completely for a week. Markets will be closed for almost 3-4 days as people go back to their native places.

Asha,
Festive season red dominates everywhere.
Do plan Shanghai visit when we are here ;) I will surely try and make a small amount of obbattu :D It is too tempting :D

Maya,
They do not float in water. Its actually fun to see so many people gather ans sing and dance :)

Smitha,
It would be my pleasure if you add me to your blog roll. You have a wonderful blog.

Cham,
The kids are really happy and also they get a week long off twice in a year!