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January 2016

The Beginner’s Guide To Celebrating Chinese New Year

The Beginner’s Guide To Celebrating Chinese New Year

THE IMPORTANT BASICS

These are the items you MUST HAVE on the night before Chinese New Year. In this case, the midnight of 02/07/16.
These items, when placed on the dining table as an offering to the gods, reflect what you hope and wish to have for the year.
So having items that have lucky symbols or meanings to them are key to a good offering (alay).

It’s round, sweet, and sticky. Sure to make the good luck stick to you and your family. Some say if you give it to someone you like, and he/she eats it, you’re sure to stick together forever.

This sweet traditional Chinese pastry has been a staple every time there is an offering (alay). It’s also said to bring you luck and a sweeter life ahead. Our Mongo Special is the go to favorite, especially since it is in a red box.

Serve a whole (uncut, not fillet) fish dish during the New Year so you will never go hungry for the entire year. In Chinese, we say NIAN NIAN YOU YI (Every year there’s fish/food).

  • CANDIES & SWEETS

Any will do. This is for a sweeter future.

  • HUAT KE

Often called the Prosperity Cake, this brings you more than enough of what you need. Which is why it looks like the cake has exploded out of its wrapper. Put 5-6 pcs of gold colored coins in the cracks for added wealth.

  • LONGEVITY PEACH

As the name says, this is added onto the feast for hopes of a longer life for you and your family.

  • BOWL OF UNCOOKED RICE (BIGAS)
    WITH CHINESE LUCKY CHARMS

Get a deep bowl (that is not black) and fill it with uncooked rice (bigas). On top of the rice, place the gold lucky charms. You may also add in a few wishing papers before you put in the rice. Come midnight, you can pull out your wishing paper and whisper your wishes to it, then burn it to send your message to the gods. After new year, you can incorporate the rice from the bowl into the rice you’ll be cooking to share the luck you received with the people who will be eating it.

  • 5 KINDS OF FRUITS

While it is ok for you to select any 5 types of sweet round fruits, it is PREFERABLE you buy these 5 (because of their symbolism):

  1.  Pineapple (ONG LAI): Invites great luck into your home.
  2.  Apple (PIANG KO): Selected for its lucky red color.
  3.  Pear (LAI YA): An invitation to the gods to come and feast with you and your family.
  4.  Pomelo/ Suha (IYU): For finer things in life.
  5.  Mandarin Orange (KIMQUAT): For prosperity.
  • NOODLES (BEST TO USE MISUA)

Serve a noodle dish, and make sure the noodle strings are long. Do not cut the noodles. Long strings of noodles symbolize a long life. Can also be uncooked.

  • COAL (NOT FOR EATING)

Helps drive away bad spirits and negative energy.

  • PITCHER OF WATER

So you can serve the luck gods refreshments when they dine in your home.

December 2015

Polland Hopia Christmas Set

  • A massive set of 10 delicious assorted hopia flavors that are sure to delight the whole family.
  • Flavors include: Mongo Special, Hopia Baboy, Black Mongo, Ube Hopia, Hopia Dice Mongo, Hopia Hapon, Hopia Kundol, Hopia Pinya, Ube Queso Hopia, and Hopia Ube Langka.
  • This whole set contains 46 pieces of our bestsellers and special flavors. Packaged in our glossy red and gold box, complete with gold elastic band and gift tag. Perfect for holiday gift giving!
  • Expiry Date: 1 month (including pickup date and delivery)
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