Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Festivals - Sarikei CNY 2007 - Part 1

Sarikei CNY 2007 - Hogging the limelight

hinese New Year (CNY) is celebrated on the first day of the Lunar New Year. This year it fell on 18-2 (18 Feb) (which rhymes with "sure to prosper easily" in Cantonese). It is also called the Spring Festival because it is the beginning of the Spring term, which is the first term of the 24 terms on the lunar calendar.

Sarikei CNY 2007 - Jalan Masjid Lama (start of Ngiu Kee stretch)

Legend has it that once upon a time, Buddha requested all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year but only 12 came. Buddha named a year after each of the animal and people borned with that zodiac animal sign will have some of that animal's personality. Folks born in the year of the pig will supposedly have good manners, are loyal to friends, work very hard and appreciate luxury.

Sarikei CNY 2007 - Jalan Masjid Lama (near Sugar Bun)

There are several versions of the origins of Chinese New Year. A popular one is that in ancient China, the Chinese were afraid of a man easting beast called Nian (which rhymes with "year" in Mandarin). The Chinese later discovered that Nian did not like the colour red and loud noises so they scared it away with fireworks and the prominent use of the colour red. So guo Nian literally means passover the beast, Nian. Do you like to guo Nian?

Sarikei CNY 2007 - Jalan Masjid Lama (near Sugar Bun)

This CNY's lightings stretched from Nyelong River (along Kubu Road) to Sarikei River (along Jalan Masjid Lama) and literally painted the town red! Apparently, the lightings arrangment of 2006 across the streets felled one day so for 2007, they tried a different arrangement. Most people like the more compact decor of 2006 versus spreading the lights too thinly as in 2007.

Sarikei CNY 2007 - Jalan Masjid Lama (near Sugar Bun)

Technically there's a ban on fireworks and firecrackers in Malaysia but you can expect fireworks to start in Sarikei as early as 11.30pm on CNY eve till 12.30am. CNY will not have the same feel without fireworks. Click on the video (filmed at Nyelong Park) and enter the year of the pig with a BANG!


Daniel Yiek said...

I'm back from Sarikei with several hundreds of new pictures and blogging will resume. I have a much better 3min video of the fireworks but YouTube does not accept >100MB video. What software do you use to edit a 200MB video to 100MB?

stephen said...

Windows moviemaker can do the job just fine, u can choose what size of the clip u want to resize

Anonymous said...


stephen said...

Hehehe... i've just uploaded mine, check it out

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend hometown at Sarikei. This CNY i have go to Sarikei. I request him fetch go to there and eat the food. He ask me: how i know the happening at sarikei such as history, food, building and other. Then i told him, i know it from here.Thank You.

I already try the kam pua, laksa and tin bian fu. But i prefer kam pua compare the other.

Anonymous said...

Is me again. I also have eat the ba jen soup. And have go to the church at sunday.


Anonymous said...

I tried the "original" Ding Bian Hu at Payang Puri block but was disappointed this time. The quality has gone down. The soup was thin and the ingredients meagre.

Kanga said...

Seeing the day & night photos plus watching the fireworks video clips make me felt I have been back to Sarikei for CNY. Thank you Daniel, and also Stephen

Anonymous said...

Happy Chinese New Year Daniel!

From : Dominic of DOM'S ASIAN TEAHOUSE.

Andysan said...

Nice fireworks' video. I agree with anonymous, the "Bian Bian Hu"'s taste by Payang Puri has gone down.

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