Category: Traditional Custom

The old Sai Kung Public School next to Tin Hau Temple

Tin Hau Festival Celebration at Sai Kung

The 23rd of March of the Lunar Calendar is the birthday of Tin Hau (or Mazu in Taiwan). According to informal historical recording, she was born in China around the 10th century and was later became the Goddess of the Sea.

This year, the Tin Hau birthday (or Tin Hau Festival) was on 8 May 2018. There are various celebration activities held by local communities in Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and several traditional fishing villages.

On last Saturday, my family and I visited Sai Kung, an old fishing village in Hong Kong, and had a glimpse into one of the local celebration events.

First Meal of the Lunar Year (Hoi Nin Fan) 開年飯

Hoi Nin Fan (First Meal of the Lunar Year) 開年飯

Today is the second day of the Lunar Calendar and is also the day where Cantonese will have our “Hoi Nin”. In our tradition, “Hoi Nin” means start of a year and “Hoi Nin Fan” that is the meal for “Hoi Nin” also signifies the start of a new year … 

今天是農曆年初二,亦是廣東人開年的日子。傳統上在今天吃過開年飯後,新的一年便正式開始 …

Turnip Rice Pudding (Lo Bak Guo) 賀年蘿蔔糕

Turnip Rice Pudding (Lo Bak Gou) for Chinese New Year 賀年傳統食品 – 蘿蔔糕

Time flies, the Chinese New Year is coming and my wife suggested to prepare some festival food for celebration. There are a lot of traditional foods like Crispy Pastry Dumpling (Yau Kok), Sesame balls (Gin Dui), Glutinous Rice Cake (Lin gou) and Turnip Rice pudding (Lo Bak Gou).

In the good old days, most of these festival foods were homemade by our mothers or bought from supermarkets. Since we are free this year, we decided to make our own “Lo Bak Gou” …

歲月匆匆,瞬間農曆新年就到來,太太提議自行做些過年食品。傳統的過年食品有很多,例如油角、煎堆、年糕及蘿蔔糕等。以往這些食品都是家中老人家所做或從外購買,今年有時間,我們一家人就嘗試一下做蘿蔔糕吧 …