Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy (late) Chinese New Year~

Hi guys! Hope y'all doing well! If you didn't know, Chinese New Year was on the 31st! Chinese New Year is a huge thing in China; instead of winter break in December like the States, China has their breaks during the Chinese New Year...for an entire month! How cool~

Chinese New Year is super festive and revolves around spending time with family, eating good food, getting new clothes, and receiving red envelopes. Sadly, nothing like that happened to me. I couldn't go back home to celebrate with my family. If I had all the money in the world, I'd take the plane to go back, but unfortunately, all I can do is video chat with them and wish them a great new year from my school apartment.

Luckily, however, my church friends and I celebrated the New Year together last night. We had steamed fish, dumplings, niu rou mian (beef noodles), and lots of other foods. I forgot to take pictures though.

Last night I also made nian gao, a traditional dish for the new year. Nian (年) means year, and gao (糕) means cake. 年糕 sounds like "年年高生," so giving/preparing 年糕 is wishing a prosperous new year filled with promotions and happiness.

Here's a picture of the 年糕, enjoy~

Also, I've just received the giveaway prize I won in December: nail stickers~ I'm very excited to try them, as they are super cute! I'll make another post about them soon (right now I don't have white nail polish, and the end results will be clearer with a white background). 

For this post, I wanna know: Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year? If so, how? Did you try any interesting Chinese foods?


  1. Happy (late) Chinese New Year to you too!
    I realized that you changed your blog theme- very simple and neat. I like this new interface but I guess I will miss the old one too c:

    So sorry to hear that you were unable to celebrate this important day with your loved family and could only video chat with them. I'm so upset for you uuu~
    It's okay we're too cool to celebrate chinese new year (since I didn't receive any red envelope too, haha).

    Congrats on winning a giveaway! They're very cute, hope to see a post about them too ^^

  2. aww, thanks! I really appreciate your comments! So nice and thoughtful :) <3 I liked the old interface a lot too, but I wanted a two column one (couldn't figure out how to change that, so I switched to the pre-loaded blogger template and just re-added the background) :)

    yea, we're super cool ;D hehe


  3. Happy Happy Chinese New Year!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog Anna. I just replied you on my blog:)

  4. The nian gao looks delicious! Happy New Year. :)

  5. Thanks~~ I just replied too~~ hehe

  6. Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the new year too

  7. Hi pretty! Those are cute nail stickers, can't wait to see them on your nails! =) By the way, I did follow your blog, I found it so inspiring and I hope you do the same on mine for us to keep in touch!

  8. thank you so much~ I really like your blog too :) Beautiful photos!

  9. U come from China?
    I celebrate too Chinese New Year in Malaysia ^^

    would you like to follow each other to keep in touch?
    Please, let me know! ;)

  10. my parents are from China, but I'm currently in the States :) I love Chinese New Year though and Chinese culture~

    Sure~ Sounds good~ <3

  11. Awww Anna you're so cute! Yup I celebrate chinese New year, every year! Get red pockets and pig out! Hehehe thanks for your comment on my blog, I've followed you on GFC now, hop you would return the love1

    xoxo, Mango ❤
    MangoRabbitRabbit's Blog | Etude House My Blooming Lips

  12. Hey! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog :) Your blog is awesome! love it<3 I'm following you on GFC, hope you follow me back xx Peach

  13. Happy New Year! I'm Chinese so I celebrated at home with my family. We also ate nian gao and other traditional foods. Hope you enjoyed it! I really enjoy your blog so far and would love to follow each other--please join my GFC and I'll follow you right back!

    xo Jess

  14. Hi Anna
    thanks following me. I alr followed u now :)
    wow sounds great.I do hope to stay at other country like US for some time to explore another country culture and etc.

  15. thanks a lot~ I love Chinese food <3

    Kk :)

  16. did you have dumplings or hot pot?

    Thank you~ <3 I'll follow! I really like your photos <3 hehe

  17. looks good <3 I love Chinese new year food :)

  18. thank you~ I love the food too <3 I just wish I had more :P

  19. Cool manicure strips! I like purple-ish lacey one the most!
    Happy late Lunar New year :)

  20. aww, thanks! I really like the design too~ Lace is forever chic!

  21. I used to not celebrate Chinese New Year at all since I'm a non-Chinese. But now that I have a Chinese boyfriend, we celebrated by going to his house and having steamboat with his entire family! I was so nervous about meeting all of them at first but it turned out fine :)) I got lotsa red packets as well. Haha!

    New reader here btw :)) Love your blog! <3

  22. wow! that's soooo cool! I'm glad to hear that you had a good time meeting his family! Hopefully you've enjoyed the cultural aspect as well. And isn't it exciting to get red packets? hehe <3

    thanks for the complement!

  23. We're Vietnamese, so we celebrate this in a slightly different way! We do exchange red envelopes (I'm getting older, so I can't just sit and bathe in money anymore like when I was a kid...Sigh!) We do a lot of different things for New Years. My favorite? FOOD.

  24. haha, lol! That's cute. I really wish I could "bathe" in money every year too :P hehe

    YESSS! I really really enjoy the food as well! The food is such absolutely amazing during this (and other) times of the year :P hehe