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The Red Envelope

Chinese New Year, which will fall on 16 February 2018, is celebrated by the Chinese all over the world. It is also known as the Lunar New Year as it is based on the lunar calendar as opposed to the Gregorian calendar in Western countries. In Malaysia, the first two days of the Chinese New Year celebration are public holidays.

2018 is the year of man’s best friend, or the Year of the Dog, according to Chinese astrology. The celebration starts with the new moon on the first day of the Lunar New Year and ends on the full moon, 15 days later. The 15th day of Chinese New Year (or Chap Goh Mei) is observed with a lantern parade in Chinese communities.

The origin of this celebration dates back to early Chinese civilisation 5,000 years ago. The word Nian, which means “year” in Chinese, was originally the name of a ferocious beast that preyed on people on the eve of New Year. To scare Nian away, the people pasted red paper decorations on windows and doors, and set off firecrackers, as Nian was afraid of the colour red, the light of fire and loud noises. Therefore, at the beginning of every year, they repeat these rituals which have been passed down from generation to generation.

Legend also has it that the ancient Chinese asked a lion for help. The lion wounded Nian, but it returned a year later. This time, the lion couldn’t help as it was guarding the emperor’s gate. So, the people used bamboo and cloth to fashion an image of the lion. Two men crawled inside, pranced and roared, and frightened Nian away. This explains the Lion Dance, one of the most impressive sights during Chinese New Year.

The phrase Guo Nian, which may means, “survive the Nian”, is used to mean “Celebrate the (New) Year”. The word Guo in Chinese means “to pass”.  Today, red paper decorations and firecrackers still signify the cheerful Chinese New Year period.


CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IN MALAYSIA

The New Year season starts early in the twelfth month of the previous year and lasts until the middle of the first month of the New Year.

In Malaysia, Chinese New Year preparations begin a month before the actual celebration, when the Chinese shop for decorations, food, drinks, new clothing, groceries and titbits. Chinese New Year songs are heard in shopping complexes which attract customers with many seasonal sales and promotions. Chinatown at Petaling Street is an ideal place to experience the excitement of the pre-festive celebration.

It is customary to spring clean the house and symbolically sweep away any trace of bad luck to make way for good luck and fortune. Some families even renovate their houses or give them a new coat of paint. After that, the houses are decorated with paper scrolls bearing verse couplets inscribed with blessings and auspicious words like happiness, longevity, and wealth.

Long before the eve of Chinese New Year, people living far away from their families make their journey home. Traffic jams build up on highways while airports, bus terminals, and train stations are normally packed.

No matter how tiring the journey may be, family members are expected to gather around the table for their Chinese New Year eve reunion dinner, the most important meal of the year. After dinner, they spend the night playing cards, watch TV programmes dedicated to the celebration, or just have a good time catching up with each other.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, ritual homage is offered to ancestors and reverence paid to the gods. New clothes are worn and younger family members greet their elders saying Kong Xi Fatt Chai (Mandarin) or Kong Hei Fatt Choi (Cantonese), meaning “congratulations and prosperity”. The ang pow, a red envelope with cash, is given by married couples to children and unmarried adults.

The seventh day of Chinese New Year is known as “everybody’s birthday”. On this day, the Chinese eat yee sang, a combination of raw fish, pickled ginger, shredded vegetables, lime and various sauces. This meal is supposed to bring prosperity and good fortune to those who eat it.

On the eighth day, the Hokkien-speaking community pray to Tee Kong, the God of Heaven at midnight. On the ninth day, numerous offerings are set out in the forecourt or central courtyard of temples to celebrate the birthday of the Jade Emperor. The 15th day is Chap Goh Mei which marks the official end of Chinese New Year.

During the Chinese New Year period, many Chinese families often receive visitors at home. Relatives and friends, regardless of their race and religion call on one another, exchanging good wishes and gifts like tangerines (called Kam in Cantonese, meaning “Gold”) and other traditional New Year delicacies.

The Chinese New Year open house, like other major celebrations in the country, is also held on a national level to enable all Malaysians and tourists to enjoy the cultural event. The Malaysian open house concept bears testimony to the fact that tolerance and mutual respect prevail in this multi-racial country.
Through the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year, the spirit of peace, good health, happiness and prosperity is engendered and spread among people.

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Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Robert Frost once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, we took a one reduction trafficked by, and that has done all a difference.” He could really good have created about Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a tiny dot on a map of Kudat district in Malaysia. Relatively different due to a remote location, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau doesn’t get many visitors, and for now, this outpost on Borneo Island stays a paradise.

This top in an removed partial of Sabah is reachable after 3 hours’ expostulate northeast of Kota Kinabalu, a final partial of that is over unpaved mud roads snaking by a tiny normal Borneo village. A correct highway to these parts, in fact, was usually built as recently as in a 1960s, before to that entrance was done probable usually by navigating a vessel along a coast.

But those who don’t caring for a tiny annoy — yet it contingency be said, a views along a approach are fantastic — will be rewarded, during journey’s end, with a landscape so pretentious that we will trust in a existence of sky on earth.

The crescent-shaped Kalampunian Beach here is carpeted in pristine white sands on that peaceful waves path to a shore. This unconditional coastline, fringed by casuarinas trees and pronounced to be one of a many moving vistas in Sabah, leads adult to a hilly precipice called Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a northern-most tip of a Borneo Island.

Now, suppose station on this precipice corner and looking out to where a South China and Sulu seas accommodate in a good strife of waves. Dark and soppy sandstone boulders widen out into a sea like beached humpback whales in a obscurity of sea mist. The winds blow in forceful, frightening gusts, wafting a excellent fog of silt into a air. Visitors mount in astonishment with undone adult hair and billowing skirts. It feels like we are in a remote frontier, confronting furious and different possibilities – it’s exhilarating. Perhaps this was what Ferdinand Magellan, mythological to have stopped here during his circumnavigation of a globe, felt those many years ago.

It hadn’t always been such a singular place, though. The name, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau itself is subsequent from a Rungus difference “sampang mangazo” referring to a good battles once fought here in a 18th and 19th centuries by a locals. According to legend, a seashore was a favourite alighting indicate for looting pirates, and Rungus warriors bravely fought them off in bloody battles to strengthen their land. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau afterwards became a ideal surveillance indicate for incoming bandit attacks.

Though it is capricious how prolonged a Rungus have been occupying a area, they are deliberate to be a many normal clan in Sabah due to their siege from a bigger towns for so many years. While many have blending to complicated vital rather well, a comparison generations still purchase to their singular enlightenment and traditions. Many of a womanlike elders continue to wear normal coronet coils on their arms and furnish charming beads around their necks. Their basketry, weaving and beading works are pronounced to be legendary, and while complicated ways have overtaken their some-more normal lifestyle, it is still probable to revisit a Rungus encampment and knowledge a night’s stay in their longhouse during Kampung Bavanggazo.

Besides a homestay in a Rungus longhouse, there are usually a handful of places that can accommodate tourists in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and Kudat, reflecting a district’s comparatively new bearing to tourism (See “Accommodations” next for some-more options). However, there are still a series of informative practice here that warrants a traveller to put adult during slightest a night in a area, such as saying drum artisans during work in Kampung Sumangkap and a tiny apiculture attention during Kampung Gombizau. The people of Gombizau, informed with a internal botanical properties, have also commercialized a form of cure-all called ubat seribu or refreshment of a thousand uses done of furious plants, roots and herbs. Reputed to assuage several health problems such as high blood vigour and diabetes, it is a estimable commemoration to move home.

Each year, Kudat also plays horde to several engaging events such as a Gong Fest in Matunggong encampment in Oct and a Coconut Fest in Jul (coconut being an critical stand in a district). There is also a special outside band opening during Tanjung Simpang Mengayau any year that attracts crowds to a area – one that starts during a hour a object sets on a horizon, earnest a stately low-pitched eventuality to remember (see “Events” below).

Even but all these touristic events, it’s easy to tumble in adore with Kudat, and generally Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. No consternation a Rungus people were generally defensive of their dear land and put adult a genuine good quarrel those centuries ago!

EVENTS:

Sunset Music Fest during a Tip of Borneo, Kudat
Late June/Early Jul (please check with Sabah Tourism Board, hit below)

Organised by Sabah Tourism house and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, this yearly eventuality serenades audiences with exemplary favourites and contemporary tunes as a object sets on a setting during a northern-most tip of Borneo, in Kudat. Enjoy a pleasing sounds of a full band opposite a backdrop of one of Borneo’s many breath-taking sceneries.

Coconut Fest
29 Jun to 1 July

The coconut, an ever-popular fruit of a tropics, is distinguished in a special festival during Tomborungus in a northern district of Kudat. Coconut is grown extensively here covering an area of some-more than 5,741 hectares or about 14,000 acres planted.

The festival highlights a coconut attention and approval of a poignant grant to a amicable and mercantile gratification of a farming folks in Kudat. Its rising date coincides with World Coconut Day and a horde of sparkling activities are lined adult for visitors including a rarely interesting coconut shoe race, squeezing coconut divert competition, food and splash exhibition, trade displays, coconut conform uncover and a wildlife muster for a whole generation of a festival.
Pesta Gong Matunggong
24 – 25 October

The drum is one of a quintessential low-pitched instruments of Sabah and is constructed by qualification makers during Sumangkap encampment in Matunggong. See how they are done and played to constructed a singular sounds of racial Sabah music.

GETTING TO KUDAT:

It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours’ transport by land to get to Kudat from Kota Kinabalu.
ACCOMMODATIONS:

In Kudat town

The Kudat Golf Marina Resort offers 88 bedrooms trimming from customary to fine suites. Published room rates start during RM220 nett all a approach adult to RM450 nett thorough of breakfast. Facilities accessible during a review are an 18-hole golf course, semi-olympic distance swimming pool, aptness centre, sauna, tennis justice and children’s playground.

Website: www.kudatgolfmarinaresort.com
Tel: +6088 611 211, +6088 212 366
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

There are a series of bill accommodations during Kalampunian Beach located along a highway that takes we to a Tip of Borneo. Though not high-end resorts or hotels, these no-frills accommodations yield gentle and purify amenities during affordable prices. Best of all, they have good views of a beach and sunset.

Tampat Do Aman is a low-impact “jungle camp” located during a border of a Sabah state timberland haven and only 10 to 20 minutes’ travel to a Kalampunian Beach. Tampat Do Aman provides guest with dual forms of sleeping arrangements, possibly in normal Rungus longhouses (complete with butterfly netting) or in semi-permanent tents (tents on lifted wooden platforms with thatched roofs). Rates are RM30 per chairman per night in a longhouse or a tents. Do note that Tampat Do Aman has common toilet and lavatory comforts and no prohibited showers.

The jungle stay also has a beach-front restaurant, Tip Top Restaurant and Bar, that serves western and Asian dishes; and an activities centre that rents out recreational apparatus such as snorkelling gear, bicycles and arranges for jungle movement trips. Future skeleton here embody building some-more chalets, a dive centre, a wildlife refuge and a Rungus informative centre.

Website: tampatdoaman.com
Tel: 013 880 8395
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tampat Do Aman

BorneoTip Beach Lodge is located right opposite a highway from a beach where guest can suffer good beach and nightfall views. It has 12 beach-facing bedrooms propitious with gentle beds, comfortable showers and atmosphere conditioners. Guests can select from bedrooms that nap two, three, 4 or five, labelled during RM150, RM180, RM200 and RM240 respectively. All prices are net and embody breakfast. The board also has a grill and a mini lounge.

Facebook: BorneoTip Beach Lodge Kudat
Tel: 016 8170163
Email: [email protected]

Tip of Borneo Resort is also famous simply as Tommy’s Place. Guests only need to cranky a highway to get to a beach on a other side. It has 8 bedrooms labelled during RM130 for a room that fits dual and RM160 for a room that fits three. Price is thorough of taxes and breakfast. Tommy’s has a grill that serves a preference of internal and western dishes.

Website: tipofborneoresort.com
Tel: +6088-641 488 / +6088-641 499 / +6088-493468
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tip of Borneo Resort

CONTACT:

For some-more information on Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and events in Sabah, contact:

Ms. Susan Shahira
Event Manager, Sabah Tourism
Tel: +6088 232 121
Fax: +6088 265 540
Email: shah[email protected]
Web: www.sabahtourism.com
Facebook: SabahMalaysianBorneo

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Chinese New Year Trivia

1)

Gong Xi Fa Cai, as many mistakenly believe is, not Happy New Year. It means I Wish You Prosperity.

2)

Dumplings are synonymous with prosperity. It is believed that the more you consume the delicacy, the wealthier you would become.

3)

Sweet food items are usually served in a tray consisting of 8 portions.  Apart from symbolizing unity and togetherness and unity, the number 8 is traditionally considered a lucky number.

4)

Noodles signify long life. You’re supposed to be consuming them in the length they come. If you cut them to make swallowing manageable, you run the risk of shortening your life.

5)

One should really be quiet and not say anything while making the nian gao, customarily offered to the Kitchen God before his return to Heaven to present his report on each household to the Jade Emperor. A slip of the tongue is not going to put you in the good books of the God.

6)

What are the differences between five-clawed, four-clawed and three-clawed dragons in ancient China? Not all dragons are created equal in ancient China, though the winged creature was an emblem for the Emperor and royals. During  the Zhou Dynasty, the five-clawed dragon signified the Son of Heaven (Emperor), the four-clawed were the nobles and three-clawed were represented the ministers.

7)

We mentioned that Westerners portrayed the dragon as an evil beast.  Not all Westerners think of dragons as malevolent though.The Scandinavians, for instance, thought highly of dragons. They worshipped and revered the creature which inspired the design of their famed war boats. Of  course these vessels bore the names of venerated dragons.  

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