Chinese New Year Custom: Second Day of Chinese New Year





黄梨挞,就像上图中展示的一样,是一种小巧的、一口一个的糕点,糕点一般填充着或者在上面覆盖着一层黄梨酱。在东南亚,存在着一种黄梨挞。在中国新年的时候,这种黄梨挞在东南亚将变得十分受欢迎。用闽南语来说,“黄梨”被就是Ong Lai。(注:这里的黄梨也就是菠萝,台语称之王梨(ông-lâi),台湾国语称为凤梨,新马一带称为黄梨,大陆及香港称作菠萝)




Today is the 2nd day of the 1st month in Lunar Calendar.


On this day, married daughters usually go back to their own family to visit their parents, relatives and close friends.


Traditionally, married daughters didn’t have the opportunity to visit their birth families frequently. In old days, since married daughters are considered as outsider and no longer belonging to their parents family, they are not required to come back for reunion dinner on the New Year Eve or come back on the first day of the New Year.


However as men and women are more equal now, people are not really following this custom. However, when visiting parents, married daughters are supposed to go with their husbands and present some simple gifts such as pineapple tarts.


The pineapple tarts (黄梨挞,huang li ta), as shown in my drawing, are small, bite-size pastries filled with or topped with pineapple jam.
In South East Asia exists one form of Pineapple tart. Pineapple tarts are especially popular during Chinese New Year at South East Asia.
Pineapple is translated as ‘Ong Lai’ (黄梨, huang li in Mandarin) in Hokkien.


It sounds similar to the word of prosperity comes ( 旺来,wang lai). Pineapple is yellow which is a close colour to gold especially once the pineapple jam is cooked.
Gold means wealth and prosperity as well. In addition, Chinese people will have 馄饨 (hun dun) or 云吞(yun tun, or wanton) as lunch for this day.


Wonton is a special kind of dumplings which are normally served in soup. Wonton symbolises wealth and prosperity as its shape looks like silver ingot (元宝,yuan bao) which was the money used in ancient time.



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