First and foremost, Happy Lunar New Year to Everyone! Those who didn’t know it is Chinese Lunar New Year yesterday, which coincidentally coincide with Valentine’s Day this year.
Some background information before I go on elaborating on photos which I took at Chinatown earlier on. Lunar New Year celebrates the beginning of Spring, usually end of January or early February if compared against Western calendar. It was introduced by Emperor Huang Ti during 2600 BC and is now Lunar Year 4708 this year.
Every Lunar New Year is represented by a Zodiac animal and there are 12 of them. For 2010, it happened to be the year of Tiger, specifically “Golden” Tiger (Gold is one of the five elements).
There are generally two types of Kua Ji. Red ones and Black ones. They like many representative Chinese New Year food stuff has auspicious connotation.