year of the rabbit

Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival 2011

by admin on September 9, 2011

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Singapore is the city of a thousand festivals, at least it feels like that anyway. Every week there seems to be a different festival being celebrated. We have just had the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the Chinese believe the gates of hell are opened to let out hungry ghosts who wander and look for food. Now it’s Mid-Autumn Festival, also know as the Mooncake or Lantern Festival. It’s a traditional harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese and is a major highlight in Singapore’s cultural calendar. People eat Mooncakes (traditional chinese pastries made out of lotus seed paste available in all sorts of unusual flavours) and Pomelos.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi

by admin on February 2, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!

It is incredible how diverse it is in Singapore. It’s like one big melting pot of different nationalities, each celebrating their own customs, traditions and religion, and with that, their own festivals.

Having already celebrated the New Year, it’s now Chinese New Year. It’s the most important cultural event of the Chinese Calendar. This 15-day event is also known as the Lunar New Year because it ends in a full moon. As well as being a time for families to get together, there are plenty of celebrations and festivities going on. Singapore has become very colourful with streets are full of red lanterns. More on that in a later post.

The Chinese Zodiac incorporates 12 animal signs each representing a different personality. This year is the year of the Rabbit. Given our baby is due in May, this is what they say about people born this year:

The Rabbit symbolises character traits such as creativity, compassion and sensitivity. They are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. What’s more, they are good listeners, kind and sweet by nature, have a good eye for art, design and fashion and are usually at the top of anyone’s Best Dressed List!

Find out which animal your child is or you are, click here

You can read more on Chinese Astrology here

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