This Wednesday, a Chinese crafts event to celebrate the New Year at Johnsonville Library

johnsonville chinese new year event graphicJohnsonville Library is very lucky to be hosting three folk art masters belonging to the Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Inheritors. jovchinese-event2 These masters are from the north of China and work towards preserving China’s traditional culture.

They will be running a class in the library demonstrating the art of paper cutting which is used during celebrations particularly Chinese New Year to show joy, happiness and good intentions. They will also bedemonstrating dough modelling and knot art, other forms of traditional folk art.

This event will be held on Wednesday 1st February 10am – 12noon at Johnsonville Library, 5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville. This is a free event suitable for all ages.

 

庆马年, 做春节大餐. E-books for Chinese new year.

Chinese E-books

Happy Chinese new year! New ebooks have arrived for 2014 — including some delicious cookbooks! Have a browse.

Overdrive cover Chinese Heritage Cooking, by Christopher Tan (eBook)
“The Singapore Heritage Cookbook series documents and preserves the cultural and culinary heritage of the different ethnic groups in Singapore through recipes passed down from generation to generation.Each book is made up of two parts: An introduction that provides an overview of the history and culture of the community in Singapore and a selection of 55–65 recipes. This section will include traditional dishes, dishes that boast a distinct regional variation that makes them uniquely Singaporean as well dishes that have been adapted over time with lifestyle changes. A brief but informative headnote introduces each recipe and explains the history/significance of the dish and/or other interesting facts related to the dish or ingredients used.With its focus on the cultural and culinary heritage of the Chinese, Malays, Indians, Eurasians and Peranakans in Singapore, the Singapore Heritage Cookbook series will be the definitive reference for anyone looking to learn and understand more about the different ethnic groups in Singapore.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 家常东北菜1000样(1000 China Northeastern Style Home Dishes), 通过  张奔腾 (eBook)
“本书图文并茂,以家常东北菜为主,既有传统名菜,又有新派创新菜。全书分为”凉菜篇””畜肉篇””水产篇””禽蛋篇””豆制品篇””蔬菜、食用菌篇””汤羹炖品篇””甜品篇””燕鲍参翅篇””主食篇”十大类。千余款菜品,投料准确,做法详实,让您足不出户,尽享地道的东北风味。  东北菜俗称”关东风味”,是由辽宁、吉林、黑龙江三省的地方菜点组成。东北菜在中国菜系发展中影响较大,是我国山海关外菜点风格的主要代表。  ”闯关东”的历史潮。将鲁菜带入东北,使关外煮、炖、蒸、烧、焖、烤为主的烹调技法有了新的转变。东北菜口味以咸鲜为主,甜为配,酸为辅,辣为助,酥烂醇香,鲜嫩爽口,具有菜品丰富、季节分明、口味浓郁、讲究造型的特点。优越的地理环境,丰富的物产资源,多民族的饮食习俗,形成了东北菜自己独特的风格。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 我的食尚主义:宝贝·爱吃 (Chinese Cooking:Baby Likes Eating), 通过 Zi Yu Ma Ma (eBook)
“看着孩子将碗里的饭餐吃光后打个饱嗝,想必是每个妈妈都盼望的事情吧。但是现实总是会给妈妈们出各种各样的难题,有了《我的食尚主义:宝贝·爱吃(让你的宝贝爱上吃饭)》就不用怕了。《我的食尚主义:宝贝·爱吃(让你的宝贝爱上吃饭)》作者子瑜妈妈拥有国家营养师资格证书,懂得食物的营养搭配,同时她两岁的宝宝又让她懂得如何烹制孩子喜欢的食物。如果你正为孩子的挑食而苦恼,如果你不知道如何搭配孩子的饮食才能营养全面,如果你不知道如何给生病的宝贝搭配膳食,如果你是新妈妈不知道如何烹制孩子的美食,如果你为如何做一道能兼顾小孩和大人的美食而烦恼,别担心,快来学习一下子瑜妈妈的美食经验吧。子瑜妈妈,19楼私房菜美食达人,美食自由撰稿人。《幼儿教育》美食专栏作者,慈耕有机生活营养顾问,国家高级营养师。19楼博客——子瑜妈妈爱米美食坊网络点击率已超过600万。她是一个活泼外向的80后女生,她是一个两岁宝宝的贤惠妈妈,她是一个人气颇旺的美食达人,如果你没有看到子瑜妈妈,你很难将这三者结合在一起。小小子瑜活泼好动,用子瑜妈妈的话说就是每天有用不完的精力。跟天下所有的妈妈一样,子瑜妈妈对子瑜的爱深入到生活的一点一滴,自然也包括了子瑜吃下的每一顿饭。在子瑜妈妈的手里,几样稀松平常的食材会变成色香味俱全又营养的食物,让宝贝轻松爱上吃饭。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 3000道从小爱吃的家常菜(3000 Home Dishes That We Like Since Childhood), by 金彪 (eBook)
“作者金彪国际烹饪艺术大师,中国烹饪大师,中国餐饮文化名师,国家高级烹饪技师,国家高级公共营养师,全国餐饮业国家级评委,中国饭店业金牌总厨,法国蓝带美食协会大中华区荣誉主席,吉林大学营养学会常务理事,吉林省烹饪协会副秘书长2008年8月获得世界御厨杨贯一先生之阿一鲍鱼高级研修班结业证书,并获大师亲笔题名”厨艺精湛”。 本书是中国烹饪大师金彪根据自己的成长经历,精心挑选、强力推荐的3000道从小爱吃的家常菜,每道菜肴本着取材简单、营养搭配合理的原则。 全书图文详解,着重介绍每种食材的口味变化,同样的食材多种不同的做法,让您轻松掌握大师的烹饪绝技。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 家常粤菜1000样(1000 Cantonese Home Dishes), by 张奔腾 (eBook)
“《家常粤菜1000样》图文并茂,以家常粤菜为主题,既有传统名菜,又有新派创新菜。全书分为”凉菜篇”、”畜肉篇”、”水产篇”、”禽蛋篇”、”豆制品篇”、”蔬菜、食用菌篇”、”汤羹炖品篇”、”甜品篇”、”燕鲍参翅篇”、”主食篇”十大类,千余款菜点,简单易学,让您足不出户,尽享地道的粤式美味。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 家庭营养糖水1688例(Chinese Cuisine: The Family Nutrition Sugar Water 1688 Cases), 通过  Xi WenTuShu (eBook)
“《家庭营养糖水1688例(高清版)》全面系统地介绍了各类糖水的做法,按其功效分为养颜糖水、清润糖水、消暑糖水、滋补糖水等,内容丰富,科学实用,图文并茂,装帧精美,字号较大,制作过程详细,语言通俗易懂,非常适合中老年读者参考使用。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 我的食尚主义:蜜腊·烘焙时光 (Chinese Cooking:Beeswax-Baking Time), 通过  Mi La (eBook)
“《我的食尚主义:蜜腊·烘焙时光》是一本针对烘焙新手的入门教程,相信初试烤箱的你,绝对能从这本书里找到烘焙的乐趣。《我的食尚主义:蜜腊·烘焙时光》分为四个篇章,在对烘焙的基本工具,基本技巧做了介绍之后,首先介绍了几款不需要烤箱,不需要烘焙基础的甜点的制作,建立烘焙的信心。接下来介绍了烘焙入门的几个基本的款式,打下烘焙的基础。最后根据不同的月份,作者设计了不同款式、不同难易度的烘焙甜品,简单又实用。蜜腊,19楼私房菜美食达人,擅长烘焙甜品制作,设有美食博客——sunny美食&美色。她是公司白领,有着一份繁忙的工作,因喜爱甜食而与烘焙结下不解之缘。她总是在外奔波出差,但网友却总能在半夜看到她博客的更新。在这个浮华的城市里,蜜腊保持着自己特有的生活轨迹,几年如一日地更新着自己的烘焙博客,将自己对于生活的热爱融入到烘焙的点点滴滴。” (Overdrive description)

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Our stories & traditions : Chinese Spring Festival!

Iimage: courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsThis wonderful addition to our Community Stories page was sent through by Jinyun. If you’d like to read more stories from our community, head over to our Community Stories & Traditions page — you can even contribute your own!

The Spring Festival is the most important festival for Chinese people and is the time all family members get together, just like Christmas. As the world’s largest mass migration, people from all over China travel home to celebrate the Spring Festival. This year will be The Year of the Snake.

The Spring Festival falls on the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often late January or early February. However, in China, the Spring Festival actually starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid of the 1st lunar month of the next year. Now Chinese people have a seven day holiday for the Spring Festival.

The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called “Xiaonian”. On that day, people worship the Kitchen God. According to Chinese legend, the Jade Emperor sends a kitchen god to every family to supervise what the family members do in the whole year. Then the kitchen god will go back to report the good or evil of the family on “Xiaonian”. And then the Jade Emperor will decide whether to give rewards or punishments to the family. In order to get rewards and avoid punishments, when people are worshipping the kitchen god on “Xiaonian”, they usually set their best food before the portrait of the kitchen god and cover the mouth of the kitchen god with a special kind of sugar (Zhimatang), wishing the kitchen god to put in good words for the family. The 24th day of the 12th month is cleaning day. People clean the house from top to bottom inside and outside as well as their clothes, bedclothes and all their utensils to get rid off all the bad luck gathered from the previous year. It’s called “the day of seeing spring in”.

On the 27th day of the 12th lunar month, people shower or bath and go shopping.

Shops are busy as everybody goes out to buy what they need for the Spring Festival including food, decorations, new clothes and shoes for the children and gifts for the elderly.

Then people start decorating their clean houses. All the door panels will be pasted with Spring Festival couplets, highlighting Chinese calligraphy with characters on red paper. The content can be good wishes or good luck. Also, pictures of the god of doors and wealth will be posted on front doors.

The Chinese character “fu” (meaning blessing or happiness) is a must. The character put on paper can be pasted normally upside down, as in Chinese the “reversed fu” sound means “fu comes”. Some people raise two big red lanterns on both sides of the front door and some people paste red paper-cuttings on windows.

Then the important Spring Festival Eve dinner comes. The meal is more luxurious than usual. Fish and Toufu cannot be excluded, as in Chinese, their sound means abundance and richness. And people are not allowed to finish the whole fish, which means you always have enough for the future. After the dinner, the whole family will sit together and stay up to see the New Year in, which is called “Shousui”.

Getting up early on the New Year day, everybody dresses up. People greet their parents first. Then children will get money wrapped up in red paper. People in northern China will eat “jiaozi” (dumplings) for breakfast, as they think “jiaozi” sounds like “bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new”. Also, the shape of the dumpling is like a gold ingot from ancient China. So people eat them and wish for money and treasure.

Southern Chinese eat “niangao” (New Year cake made of rice flour) on this occasion, because “niangao” sounds like “higher and higher, one year after another.”

Don’t clean for the first few days of the Spring Festival – if you do any sweeping during this time, you risk sweeping away your good luck.

Lighting fireworks was once the most typical custom on the Spring Festival. People thought the exploding sound could help drive away evil spirits. However, such an activity was banned in big cities once the government considered security, noise and pollution. As a replacement, some people buy CDs with firecracker sounds to listen to, some break little balloons to get the sound, while others buy firecracker handicrafts to hang in the living room.

A series of activities such as lion dancing, dragon dancing, and temple fairs will be held for days. The Spring Festival then comes to an end on the Lantern Festival which is the 15th day of the first lunar month.

No matter where they live, Chinese people all over the world celebrate the Spring Festival.

To see how Chinese people in Wellington celebrate the Spring Festival this year, go to the Chinese New Year website, or check out the Wellington City Council’s Summer City programme

February Festivities: Waitangi Day, Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival, & Valentine’s Day

We’ve had a lot on already this month (history, culture and remembrance on Waitangi Day), and a lot still to come – with cultural fun and food at Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival this weekend and romance in the air ahead of Valentine’s Day next week!

We’ve collected some facts about this month’s celebrations for you from our collection – have a read!

Waitangi Day – Monday 6th February 2012

Treaty of WaitangiWaitangi Day was observed this year on Monday 6th February. Public holidays are always enjoyable, but it’s important to remember that Waitangi Day is much more than a day off:

  • On the 6th of February 1840, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, what is considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.
  • Since then this has led to debate over exactly what was agreed to at Waitangi. Most Maori chiefs signed the Maori language version of the Treaty – and there are some important differences between the English and Maori versions of the Treaty
  • February 6th was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974
  • Prior to 1934, most celebrations of New Zealand’s founding as a colony were marked on 29 January, the date on which William Hobson arrived in the Bay of Islands
  • This day was also known briefly as New Zealand Day

Read more about the Treaty:

Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival – 11th & 12th February 2012

Chinese New Year LanternChinese New Year fell on January 23rd this year, and to celebrate Wellington will be having a Chinese New Year Festival on the 11th and 12th of February. The se celebrations are brought to you by the Asian Events Trust in partnership with Wellington City Council, and information about events happening over the weekend can be found at: chinesenewyear.co.nz

Some facts for you:

  • Chinese New Year is traditionally a Spring festival, and one of the most important festivities in the lunar calendar
  • Celebrations take place over 15 days
  • 2012 is the Year of the Dragon
  • The most common Chinese phrases for saying “Happy New Year” are “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (Mandarin) and “Gong He Faat Choy” (Cantonese)

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Valentine’s Day – Tuesday 14th February

CupidYes, we’re just about at that time of year when florists and candy stores try to persuade us to purchase gifts for loved ones. But is it all just a commercial gimmick? Every wondered what this lovey dovey day is actually all about? Well look no further, we have some answers. Valentine’s Day…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Central Library put on some red colour into its displays on the first floor. The Chinese Embassy was very obliging and lent us some wonderful decorations and posters which perfectly completed our display.

Whether you are looking for books in Chinese, or on Chinese astrology, architecture, art, history and much more, check out our online catalogue or come to our libraries and browse our wide collection.

Happy New year of the Rabbit!

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