Today is Chap Goh Meh, meaning the 15th night of Chinese New Year. So, instead of a blog post, we decided to do a picture post instead. With permission from Hobby Hop In, we are posting up the Chinese New Year Art done by the kids from Hobby Hob In. Hobby Hop In conducts phonics and art classes for young kids at their premise in Bangsar. They are currently accepting new joiners for their jolly phonics programme for age 3 and above.
Since 2016 is the year of the Monkey, let's start with a Monkey art from one of the kids at Hobby Hop In. Here's one of a monkey holding mandarin oranges. There are a pair of lanterns, a gold nugget on the ground, fireworks in the air and the Chinese word 福 fú which means a blessing of good fortune, happiness and luck. Very symbolic and nice isn't it?
Next up, a Chinese New Year drummer. I love the outfit and the expression. It makes me think of prancing lion dancers. What's interesting about this art is the backdrop. The next three pictures have the same Chinese drummer but they all have different backgrounds making each art individual to the child.
This one has flowers and a Happy Chinese New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai Scroll as the backdrop.
This Chinese drummer art has the scroll written in Chinese and fireworks as the backdrop. This drummer boy is winking.
This one has a local flavour as the Gong Xi Fa Cai greeting is pasted on a coconut tree. It has fireworks, Chinese blossoms and Chinese coin decoration too. This is how one often decorates the home during Chinese New Year, with flowers, hanging decorations and pasting couplets on walls... minus the coconut tree.
Finally, here are some mandarin oranges (Chinese maidens celebrate Chap Goh Meh by throwing mandarin oranges into the sea in search for a suitor so you can't have Chap Goh Meh without mandarin oranges). The mandarin oranges are decorated with Chinese lanterns, flowers, gold nugget and a Chinese New Year 福 fú character in the background.
Happy Chap Goh Meh everyone and thanks to Hobby Hop In for contributing the lovely kids Chinese New Year art.