I came up to London to celebrate Chinese New Year with our family here.
We started by house cleaning as no cleaning is allowed over the celebration.
The house itself is then decorated.
Food takes a high priority and many ingredients have to be soaked or marinated in advance.
Lily buds, roasted gluten, bean curd sheets, dried wood ear fungi, shitake mushrooms, and good old dried poly gonatum or yuk chuk.
The Chinese Sweet box , hand carved and stained bright red was filled with special Chinese sweetmeats to sweeten the entry into the New Year. Candied/sugared lotus seed and lotus root, winter melon, coconut and loquat.
In case you didn’t know …its the year of the Rabbit. How lucky this will be for you will depend on the animal year you were born in.
We went to ChinaTown to buy fresh groceries.
When the push chair was well loaded we caught the bus home.On New Years Day we wore some new clothes and if possible something red.Isabelle was the best dressed.
The banquet Jessie cooked was fabulous, just look at the ingredients.
For dessert we had a slice of date cake dipped in egg and fried.
The celebrations continue over the weekend with a big parade in China Town and a children’s Chinese Day in the British Museum.I will let you know how it goes.