"Kung Hei Fatt Choy" means "Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth".
It's Chinese New Year. And this year, it's the Year of the Rabbit. Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate change. My grandmother used to say "out with the old and in with the new." When I was a kid growing up in Malaysia, we had to spend the days before Chinese New Year cleaning the house from top to bottom, doing the laundry, cooking etc. In order not to 'sweep' away the good luck (or wash it down the drain!) there was to be no sweeping or washing done on the first day of the Chinese New Year. The upside to all the chores was that Chinese New Year meant having a lot of fun with friends and family, no school (national holiday! yay!!), new clothes, new shoes and the excited anticipation of receiving lucky money envelopes from the grown ups. I miss being back home in Malaysia the most during this time of the year. Chinese New Year is all about the family - my brothers and their families all gather at my mum's house for the reunion dinner. I miss that a lot.
In Malaysia and Singapore, pineapple tarts are very popular during this time of the year. I made some last year which I blogged about here and this year, I've made them again. Mmmmmmm ....
Not much sewing's been happening as I've been baking a tray of these every evening since Sunday! By Thursday I should have enough to take into work. LOL! I have a lot of colleagues and as these are exactly a mouthful each, they disappear very quickly at coffee time!
For all my friends out there who celebrate Chinese New Year, I wish you a very happy and prosperous year ahead. Kung Hei Fatt Choy!