Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to make a Triangular Ang Bao Lantern

I just made this triangular Ang Bao Lantern out of the blue while I was playing with my red packets.

I used three large red packets to form a triangular upper layer, and another three large red packets to make the bottom layer.

Then I used three smaller red packets to make a "pendulum" in its centre. You can click to my previous post on my Diamond Ang Pow Lantern as a reference to learn to make this "pendulum"

After the lantern was completed, I was trying to give it an appropriate name.

I did a research on its shape, and I learned there was a mathematical term on the geometry of the upper and bottom layer, called "tetrahedron".

So if you are doing this Ang Bao Lantern with your children, you might also want to introduce to them this geometrical term  "tetrahedron", when you can have fun and learn a bit of mathematics.

Here is a video that I've created to show you how I make this triangular ang bao lantern, so you can also have something special for Chinese New Year.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to make an Lucky Star with ten red packets 福星高照


In my older post "Chinese New Year Lantern - Lucky Star",
I've shared written instructions on how to make this Ang Bao Lucky Star with only ten red packets.

I've just created a video to show you how I made this Ang Bao Lucky Star.

Now you can have a better picture of the process it is being made, so you can do this simple-to-make Chinese New Year handicraft with your kids to decorate your house for this coming lunar new year!

Wishing everyone good health and prosperity, Happy Lunar New Year!





Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chinatown Singapore before Chinese New Year Light Up 2014

I've taken some pictures of the decorations at Chinatown Singapore before the Chinese New Year Light Up 2014

I guess this board tells us the theme for this year of the horse "Galloping to Prosperity"



During the day


In the evening












During the day


In the evening













View of the pool of coin lanterns during the day













View of the pool of coin lanterns in the evening

More pictures of decorations at Chinatown Singapore before the Chinese New Year Light Up 2014



























Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony will be held on 11 January 2014, at New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.

If you are a tourist to Singapore for the first time, you can take the MRT and alight at Chinatown Station or Outram Park Station.

Click the following link for details of the upcoming programme
http://chinatownfestivals.sg/cny2014-official-light-up-and-opening-ceremony/


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How to make this simple Chinese Auspicious Knot 吉祥结 in only 3 minutes!

When you look at some Chinese New Year Ornaments that were for sale, do you notice as I do, besides using simple tassels, there were also those very pretty Chinese knots on the Chinese New Year Lanterns.

If you are getting bored with using simple tassels to make your Chinese New Year Lantern, here is a very simple to make Chinese Knot called the "Auspicious Knot" or "吉祥结" (Ji Xiang Jie) that you can make for yourself.


I have done the above this one myself in only 3 minutes! Just by following the steps in the video below that I have found on YouTube, it's really simple.


What you need:

1. A thick coloured string of 1 metre long
2. Just follow the steps in the above video
3. If you want to make cuter, smaller knot, you might want to teach your kid to do it. They have smaller hands! Probably can give your kid the coloured string at about 90cm long.

Here are more Auspicious knots that I've made.

These Auspicious Chinese Knots make pretty nice ornaments. You can make them as gifts to friends and relatives during Chinese New Year, or during other auspicious occasions like birthday, as a simple gift to your classmates.




Below is another picture of my Chinese Auspicious Knot that I have just made and the Red Tassel that I usually use for making my Chinese New Year Lantern.



Friday, December 20, 2013

STRAWBERRY LANTERN

In my previous post, I have shown you a picture of different colour packets. Now I felt so blessed to have different coloured packets in Singapore.

Well, I was trying to make a heart-shaped CNY lantern but somehow, I was quite disheartened when it end up out of shaped. Somehow, I see it look like a strawberry fruit. So I made use of the green packets to make leaves. And now I have got a Strawberry Lantern!

The moral I learnt from the process is: "Don't be disheartened. Be creative and positive, you will get a surprise!"

I wish you would also enjoy the lantern making process with my blog.

Do share with me if you have other good ideas to make use of the different colour packets to make Chinese New Year decorations.








Sunday, December 15, 2013

USES OF "ANG POW" AMONG DIFFERENT RACES IN SINGAPORE

Among the Chinese in Singapore, there is this culture that red packet, which inside contain money, is given during auspicious occasions such as Chinese New Year, weddings, baby first month and even birthdays.
As most of us would have known, RED symbolises auspicious and celebrations for the Chinese.

Probably taking the cue from the Chinese, nowadays, the Malays also place money in colourful envelopes, usually green packets, and give to the children when they go visiting during Hari Raya Puasa. I used to hear from a malay friend who told me that in the past, the adult would simply give money notes or coins to the kids without the envelope. Why is it usually GREEN packets, perhaps is because of this Hari Raya festive delights called "Ketupat" (rice cake wrapped with green leaves), a popular food among the Malay Muslims.

These days, when the Chinese visit our Malay friend's wedding, would also place money in green packets to give to our Malay friend to express our well wishes.

In a multi-racial country like ours, I think giving money in colourful packets is very convenient as we don't have to crack our brains to consider what might be the best gifts to our friends of different races, because our friends could buy whatever they like with the money. Different colours have their symbolism in different cultural.

I'm also surprised to find in a shop, yellow packets for our Indian friends. And we can see from the printed picture on the yellow packets, for wedding occasions. YELLOW is considered auspicious and sacred for Indians. As for the picture of the elephant god "Ganesha", it should be popular among the Indian Hindus when they celebrate Deepavali festive.