All through the night…

It has been raining a lot around here but that certainly did not dampen anyone’s spirit or in any way, affect all the joy and excitement to welcome and usher in the Year of the $$$$$$$$nake…

…and it has been going on like this every night since.

This is what you will get to see outside most houses here the morning after…

The morning after

I did not bother to get up and go out to watch though as I was rather worn out from all the preparations the whole day on Chinese New Year’s Eve. I did manage to sleep a bit that night but just before 7.00 a.m., I was awakened by the explosive sounds of firecrackers in the neighbourhood. This time, I got up to see what was going on and lo and behold! One of my neighbours was having some lion dancers come over to their place…

Lions 1

…so very early in the morning. There were not one, but two lions!

Lions 2

Ah well, after all, it IS Chinese New Year! I noticed that most of the dancers were speaking Iban (a local Sarawak’s ethnic language) among themselves though! That certainly is in keeping with the 1Malaysia spirit, true and true. ย Interesting!

Hmmmm…looks like some of my neighbours’ “good luck” spilled over into my garden and onto my patio as well…

Good luck...

…and this dropped right into the middle of my house compound…

...from the sky

…while we were in the house having our mee sua for longevity and prosperity – a Kong Ming lantern! I hear it is of great significance in Taiwan.

Well, it’s the 4th Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year today…

Hong sek

…and to all those celebrating, have fun!

It is Ash Wednesday today marking the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent, the time for reflection and repentance for Christians and a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. With all due respect, I have refrained from having any food pics in today’s post…and to whom it may concern, have a Holy and Blessed Season of Lent.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

30 thoughts on “All through the night…”

  1. wohoo! gong xi fa chai! ๐Ÿ˜€ huat ahhhhhh

    Unfortunately, so far…no huat – other than the body…like the effect of yeast on bread. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Qong Xi Fa Cai to you too, Xin Nien Kuai Le!

  2. haha just like every new year here the place seems like a war zone
    haha be careful on cleaning those its better for you to
    wet it first that was what is said on precautionary ads

    It just melted away when it stared raining.

  3. Oops! The sky lanterns! I know they’re dangerous but I let one off too, with a bunch of people.

    There are even biodegradable ones sold as a “safe” alternative to fireworks at RM 2.50. I don’t think it’s safer than fireworks, they can sometimes burn up and the fuel that keeps it alight for 15 minutes can burn wherever it lands.

    Happy CNY and have a blessed Lent my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks, Huai Bin. Ya…this lantern was bio-degradable. It rained heavily that night and the thing simply melted away.

  4. I love the beat of the percussion instruments for the lion dance. Happy CNY. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But 7’s a bit too early in the morning especially when most people did not go to bed till at least 1 a.m. that morning. I do wish people could be a bit more considerate.

  5. That is definitely a sign of good luck. Huat ar!!! Yeah, nowadays most of the lion dancers are iban. Unlike last time majority are chinese.

    Happy season of lent.

    Hopefully, but none so far unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ God bless today and throughout the whole Lenten season.

  6. A blessed Ash Wednesday to you Suitapui! May your faith in God grow deeper this Lenten Season.

    Hmmmm…I see the usual result of new year celebrations. The proliferation of trash. That means that is cleaning time for you again.

    That Kong Ming lantern or floating lantern is dangerous! Some of the houses in the Philippines got burned last Jan 1 because of it.

    Wishing you the same, may God bless you abundantly in this holy season of Lent. Not me, I’m not one of those…so I do not have much trash and nothing much to clean up. Ya…actually the lantern is banned here but so are fireworks and firecrackers. Cowboy town – anything goes! Luckily it landed in my garden and there wasn’t anymore fire – it had burnt itself out by then.

  7. Here also rain and rain…

    In a way, it is good – cooler and I do appreciate those stretches of peace and quiet – no fireworks or fire crackers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. raining during CNY?? i never remember it happened before.. it’s all sunny, though sometimes gloomy, but never rained over here..

    I remember in the past, we even had floods… No rain there, so no shui…and no wind…so no fung – aiyor!!!! Like that, no good feng shui lor… ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. ooopss, i think it rained this morning?? just noticed the road outside and car parked by the roadside were wet!! hahaha, i was too soundly asleep i guess~~ ๐Ÿ˜€

      I hope there was wind too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. It is the fourth day already, so fast ๐Ÿ™‚ Soon things will be back to normal, balik kerja hee..hee! And to take a break from too much eating, burrrppps…….:D

    Ya…gotta start thinking about what to have for Chap Goh Mei now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. the weather in kl has been kinda kooky too this CNY. really hot for a few hours, followed by quick but ferocious rainstorms, then very hot and humid again, heheh ๐Ÿ˜€

    Something like here – rain heavy in early evening but it will stop at 8 or 9 and then the noise will begin… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  11. Fireworks have been going off like crazy around here too, can scare the children up cos of the loud sound ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    When my girl was little, this time every year we would run off somewhere, stay in hotel for the peace and quiet as she did not like the noise and would end up jittery everytime, a nervous wreck.

  12. Lots of fireworks in KL this year and some loud cannon sounding ones too. Weather has been dry and cooling until this morning when it started drizzling at 7am….till now at 3pm. Long winded rain!

    Just today? Gosh! We’ve been getting a lot of rain here, a little flooding in low-lying areas but not serious.

  13. I have just subscribed to your blog. Beautiful photos and very interesting write-ups. I love how you spruced up your home for CNY; reminded me of what I used to do when I was living with my parents yonks ago. A Holy and Blessed Lent to you and family.

    Thank you for dropping by and a warm welcome to you. Thanks also for your kind words – do come again. I enjoyed all the preparations though it got kind of tiring…now that I’m no spring chicken anymore. Anyway, it’s just once a year so it was perfectly all right. God’s abundant blessings be upon you and your loved ones throughout the holy season of Lent!

  14. My neighbour’s house has lion dance too.. on the 2nd day of cny.. we were awakened by the doond doong chang… ๐Ÿ™‚

    No firecrackers there? Then at least it’s a little bit better than here.

  15. Our family can’t wake up in the morning for lion dances, so we get the lion to come in the evening instead! A great compromise all around. ๐Ÿ˜€

    That would be so much better – can’t possibly have any good luck in the year ahead when everyone in the neighbourhood is cursing and swearing at you for disrupting their sleep. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. I just arrived Sibu today. Attending my SIL’s wedding. And I do notice a lot of fireworks in front of houses and shops here. Not so much in Kuching though. Kung ming lantern is pretty famous in Kuching. In special Chinese festivals we will see some lanterns in the dark sky.

    Actually it is banned in the country…like firecrackers but still, people here will simply carry on like nobody’s business. Enjoy yourself in Sibu!

  17. A Blessed Lenten season to you too, STP. In Doha the priests are very accommodating, we have 3 masses in the morning, 5.30, 6.30 and 8am and another 2 or 3 in the evening. Oh ya, I almost 4get, Happy snake chinese new year to you! Huat ah!

    Thank you so much and the same to you and your family too! Wah!!! Interesting! Doha’s a Muslim place, right? Here, we have one in the morning in most churches and in the cathedral, we have 3 this year – usually two but they have separated the English & Iban (local ethnic race) combined mass.

  18. On the eve of CNY Bananaz slept like a baby just after midnite. What fireworks what fire crackers, got meh? lolz

    I tried to stay up but was too tired. The noise did wake me up but I did not bother to get up to see…and went back to sleep instead. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  19. Orh… play firecrackers! Later police come then you know! Lol

    The Sibu prison is not big enough for 90% of the Sibu population. I didn’t play actually – just my neighbours’ debris. But it has been so many days – all should stop by now. An allowance of 3 days would be gracious enough…and on the 7th day and on Chap Goh Meh. The rest of the time, the police should go round and nab those still playing and fine them heavily. Celebration is one thing – we can tolerate but those people should be more considerate of others.

  20. Hi Arthur! Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Gong Xi!

    Thanks. Same to you and your loved ones. Been missing you these past few days, wondering what you were up to. Busy entertaining your guests with all the awesome stuff that you cook or did you run off somewhere for a much-deserved break?

    1. The former…

      Lots of preparation, cooking, hosting and visiting… But I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank You for missing me… Haha.

      Ya, I enjoyed it too…but I think I’m getting a bit too old – very tiring and taking longer to recuperate. May not want to go through it all again next year…but usually, we tend to forget the suffering when the time draws near and the mood seeps in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. i tried to fast the whole day but i din tell my mom i was fasting so she cooked kampua for me for dinner, din hv d heart to say no to her plus i was so famished i tink i cud hv ended up with gastric, so finished d whole plate =D

    gd excuse eh? =P

    We abstained the whole day, my daughter fasted but I did munch on something sometimes – I’m over 60, exempted from fasting.

  22. Those firecrackers loots must from Huai Bin..LOL!!!

    It seems that the CNY spirit is very happening in Sibu compared to my neighborhood. A very peaceful and quiet one.ehehehehh

    Nope! Everybody has their own. Hmmmm…next year, I go and spend CNY there with you. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  23. In my area, not so much fireworks. I am glad actually ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you are enjoying your CNY.

    It was good…but things are more or less back to normal now except that the fireworks and firecrackers are still going on EVERY night. Tsk! Tsk!

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