农历新年

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马来西亚是一个美丽的多元民族和文化的民主国家。不同种族,宗教和文化的人民和谐共处正是马来西亚独特之处。

在马来西亚多姿多彩的节庆活动中,农历新年是最受欢迎的节庆之一。农历新年属于马来西亚约660万人庆祝的隆重和热闹的节日。华裔占了马来西亚总人口的约23.7%。农历新年也被列为马来西亚的公共假期。

这个节日源自于中国,其独特的习俗,传统和美食,圆满呈现了丰富的中华文化内涵。

 

简要概述

Here’s an example of a Lunar Calendar that been incorporated with the Gregorian Calendar today

西历中附上阴历资料的日历。

农历新年是中国人最重要的传统节日,全球共有六分之一的人口,或约十四亿人口庆祝农历新年。

农历新年(按农历)或春节,历时十五天。春节一般落在西历一月二十一日至二月二十日之间,正逢立春。农历新年从冬至之后的第二个新月开始,15天后在满月结束。这是根据中国农历大约29.5天的阴历来计算的,这正是为什么中国农历新年的日子每年都落在不同的日子。

依照中国传统文化,一年一度的农历新年充分表现了礼天神敬祖先,爱老者的时节。 一家人在年除夕夜团聚,通常被视为15天农历新年里最重要的活动,除夕团圆饭充分表现了中国人注重家庭关系和孝道传统价值观。不管身在何处,远在他乡或近在迟尺,每个家庭成员都在除夕赶回家吃团圆饭与团聚;充分表现在除夕团圆饭的重要性。

 

春节之历史和起源

中国农历新年源自于三千八百多年前,中国古代的农业社会之际。农历新年庆典在尧舜帝时代(约公元前2300年)就开始存在。然而,直到汉代(公元前202年 -公元220年),武帝宣布使用农历时,农历新年的日子才算确定下来。从商代(约公元前1600 - 公元前1046年)到今天,农历新年有各种不同的名称,计有元辰、元日、元旦等不同名称。

Emperor Wudi. Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty commanded the use the lunar calendar and that is when the Chinese New Year date was established.

汉武帝,采用农历来确定农历新年的日期。

中国文化中的“年”,概念起源于商代。 仅在周朝(公元前1046年 - 公元前256年),“年”与庆典息息相关。在汉武帝统治时期,正月(相当于一月)在中国农历的基础上成立为新一年的开始。此后,农历新年在中国成为普天同庆的活动。政府举办盛大的欢庆节目和活动,民间也每年相聚庆祝。新的习俗和传统即从这时开始。

其中一个庆祝传统是燃烧竹子,之后演变成今天的燃放鞭炮和烟花。魏晋时期(公元220  - 439年),盛行竹烟花。人们相信,燃烧竹子时发出的响亮声音有助驱逐邪恶和鬼怪。后来到了宋代(公元960  - 公元1279),随着火药和鞭炮的发明,透过燃放爆竹时发出的巨大爆炸声,来驱走邪灵即成了过年的习俗。

另一个传统是将桃木板挂在家中或前门,垂直的板上通常会写上两句吉祥的新年寄语。春联通常写在红色纸张上,吉祥的贺语用金色或黑色墨水书写。

Bamboo Fire Works. Bamboo Fireworks used in the olden days were made from gunpowder and bamboo.

古时候的爆竹是采用竹子和火药所制成的。

按照农历新年习俗,年初一需穿上新衣服。如今许多中国人依然坚持在农历新年为长辈敬茶的传统。长辈则会发红包给晚辈,祝愿他们成功、幸福、万事如意。

唐宋时期,农历新年终于被统称为元日。农历新年的意义从最初的祭祀和祈求五谷丰收,到唐朝公元618 - 907年)时期演变成大家进行社交活动的日子。农历新年也被列为公众假期,让大家有时间与家人团聚。亲友间互相拜访和送上祝福。其他新年传统节目还包括舞龙、舞狮,还有各式各样的表演,比如祭祀土地神灵的‘社火’春节活动。最终,农历新年的意义演变成大家欢庆过去一年努力的成果与丰收。

从宋代到清代(公元1644-1911年),农历新年被改称为元旦。1912年,中国政府决定以公历取代农历。由于大家已经习惯了农历,这个转变并不容易,最终计划也宣告失败。

中国政府最后决定采用折衷方法--采用两种日历系统。公历主要用于政府机关,学校和商业领域;阴历则用来决定吉日、传统和宗教节日。因此,1月1日被定为公历新年,农历新年则落在阳历的第一天。

1949年,农历新年成为中国的公共假期。亚洲的其他地方,如马来西亚和新加坡,也把这个节庆列为公假。

 

农历新年的传说

Nina. The Nian

古代传说有一种叫年的野兽。这凶猛的神兽有着公牛的身体和狮子的头。它住在山林里,每年新年的第一天就回出现,吞食牲畜伤农作物,害人命伤害村民和孩童。

村民们生活在恐惧之中,每年同一时候都要躲藏在房子里。有一天,当村民正准备避难时,一位老人 刚好出现,问村民说:

“你们为什么这么害怕这头野?你们人多势众,但年兽就只有一头。它肯定吃不了你们全部人呀?”

村民们认为这个老人疯了,对他所言抱着半信半疑的态度,也就不理会他;而按原定计划躲起来,把自己锁在房子里。

令他们惊讶的是,这位老人竟然独自一人在外,准备对抗那头野兽。他把整个村庄贴满了红纸和鞭炮。那晚,正当年兽准备肆虐之际,老人用鞭炮和红纸把年兽驱出村庄。受了惊吓的年兽赶紧退回山洞里。接下来的好几个夜晚,老人如此重复同样的动作,直到老人告诉村民:

“我无法永远保护你们。”

村民们后来才发现,老人原来是来拯救他们的神仙。但是老人必须离开,回到他的工作岗位。村民非常害怕一旦老人离去,年兽会再次回到村庄攻击他们。无论如何,老人留下明确的指示教导他们如何保护自己,他说:

“野兽其实也有弱点。它恐惧红色、激烈的声响和奇怪的东西。所以今晚,你们把整个村庄都挂满红色。在每扇门贴上红联,燃放鞭炮、敲锣打鼓,让小孩们戴上面具,提灯笼保护自己。”

正如传说所说,村民按照着老人的指示保护自己,结果年兽真的没有再来攻击村民了。

之后,一位叫鸿钧老祖的道士,收伏了年兽成其坐骑。

自此以后,每逢农历新年,中国人就会在门窗上挂红灯笼,贴春联等红色的装饰品。红色也成为了农历新年的代表颜色。中国人也会在农历新年的十五天里燃放鞭炮驱赶年兽。

过年是农历新年的另一个名称,蕴含“克服年兽”的意思。这正是发生的事情。一位叫鸿钧老祖的道士,收伏了年兽成其坐骑。

当村民们发现年兽已被收伏时都非常高兴。每一年,他们都举行盛大的庆祝活动来欢庆这个节日,这个传统习俗代代相传,也成了农历新年重要部分,直到今天。

 

除夕之前

人们会彻底打扫自己的住家,迎接新的一年。

在准备过年前,家里都要彻底清理,大扫除在传统上能将整年“晦气“或不好的东西扫除,指的是那些在未来的一年里可能会阻碍我们,让我们不开心,前往成功道路上的负能量迎接扫除,寓意为“迎新弃旧”。

马来西亚的华人会在新年来临前,给房子粉刷一番,购入全新的家庭用品,寓意新的开始。甚至不少人会趁新年前装修房子,迎接新的一年。

大扫除是为了清除“旧能量”,迎接“新能量”,人们也相信从天而降的神会依家里的环境程度赐予相等的好运和回报。有些人甚至会在年初一把扫把和簸箕藏起来,以免家人不小心把好运给赶走。

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吉祥的春联表达了对新一年有更好生活的期许。

按照传统,人们会在房子内外挂上红灯笼,贴上吉祥的诗句春联,摆放银柳树,和其他带来好运和财富的装饰如金锭等。人们也会添购新衣服,新鞋子和各种配饰,象征一个新的开始,以事物迎接新的一年。

人们也会在新年前弄新发型,在新年期间理发被视为不吉祥。这是“发”是“发财”的中文字里的同音异义词,因此在新年期间剪发意味着把”好运给赶走,非常不吉利。

The Kitchen God is believed to return to Heaven just before Chinese New Year to report on the activities of every household over the past year.

民间相信灶君会在农历新年之前回到天上,汇报过去一年每家每户的情况。

一般也相信所有未偿还的债务都必须在除夕之前还清,这包括人情债。因此,大家会在新年送礼给生意伙伴和亲朋戚友,以答谢过去一年来所给予工作上的照顾与扶持,爱与关怀,让生活更舒适与安乐。

在佛教徒和道教徒的家里,把家中佛龛神台、佛菩萨和神像,以及崇拜物品清理干净也是非常重要的。旧的装饰会在农历新年前的一个星期取下,然后布置新的装饰。道家也有“送神明上天”的做法。

在送诸神上天中,送厨神、灶君或灶神上天庭几乎是家家户户都十分重视的事情。民间相信灶君会在农历新年之前回到天庭报告给玉皇大帝过去一年人间行为的善恶。在灶君回天庭的那一天,人民会把糕点、糖浆、蜜糖之类的甜食涂在灶君肖像的嘴唇上,尝试“贿赂”灶君在玉皇大帝面前讲好话。之后,就将肖像火化掉,再换上新的一张。

 

除夕

年夜饭被视为中国人最重要的习俗。这与美国的感恩节或圣诞节晚餐类似。身在远地的游子会尽力回乡过年,因为过年是家人欢聚和团圆的时刻。

New Year’s Eve reunion dinner is considered the most important event for the Chinese.

年夜饭被视为中国人最重要的习俗。

在年夜饭开始之前,道教信徒会祈祷和膜拜神明答谢过去一年所赐予的庇佑和祝福。人们也会为祖先和往生的家人献祭,以示缅怀和敬意。祭祖的供品主要为水果、熟食、茶、蛋糕、饮料和鲜花等。

图示信奉道的人会焚香祭拜灶君,然后把画像揭下焚化,以示灶神上天(图:贺友直绘)

年夜饭对许多马来西亚华裔家庭来说是非常特殊的,因为每个家庭都有自己的年菜食谱,一代传一代保留下来。

除夕夜当天,家里的女性或女性长辈都会费尽心思地准备团圆饭。然而随着时代的变迁,也有许多家庭在餐厅或在外订座聚享用团圆饭。
年夜饭被视为中国人最重要的习俗。这与美国的感恩节或圣诞节晚餐类似。身在远地的游子会尽力回乡过年,因为过年是家人欢聚和团圆的时刻。

在年夜饭开始之前,道教信徒会祈祷和膜拜神明答谢过去一年所赐予的庇佑和祝福。人们也会为祖先和往生的家人献祭,以示缅怀和敬意。祭祖的供品主要为水果、熟食、茶、蛋糕、饮料和鲜花等。

图示信奉道的人会焚香祭拜灶君,然后把画像揭下焚化,以示灶神上天(图:贺友直绘)

年夜饭对许多马来西亚华裔家庭来说是非常特殊的,因为每个家庭都有自己的年菜食谱,一代传一代保留下来。

除夕夜当天,家里的女性或女性长辈都会费尽心思地准备团圆饭。然而随着时代的变迁,也有许多家庭在餐厅或在外订座聚享用团圆饭。

 

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People would light firecrackers, play with fireworks and bamboo sticks, and make as much noise as possible to chase away evil spirits.

人们尽可能发出声响驱逐邪灵。

 

大年初一

对于许多马来西亚华人家庭来说,一年伊始从迎请天神和土地神灵开始。迎神通常在团圆饭后,午夜时分开始。有些人会到当地的寺庙,特别是抢点头香,祈求来年全年丰收和好运的降临。

按照传统,鞭炮有助驱赶邪灵和厄运。燃放鞭炮后,所有人将把门关上,直到大年初一早晨才打开。这项仪式被称为“开门大吉”。

Serving tea to the elders. Children would serve tea to the elders to show their respect.

幼辈会向长辈敬茶,以示尊敬。

在农历新年的第一天,华人会按照习俗表达对长辈的敬重。年轻一代通常会在长辈面前跪下敬茶,祝愿他们身体健康长寿,事事吉祥。长辈则会给未婚的幼辈红包,红包封内包有一些钱。红包象征了长辈对晚辈的祝福,祝福他们生活如意、好运和健康。已婚者会给未婚者和孩童红包,老板也会给下属花红,花红通常放入红包封内。

许多佛教徒在大年初一不吃肉,持素以象征长寿;他们同时会请来舞狮团表演祈求平安和丰收,招财辟邪。

 

大年初二

正月初二被称为“开年”,也是出嫁的女儿回娘家的日子。出嫁的女儿通常会带着象征吉祥的橘子、花生、甜食等回娘家。

广东籍贯的商人会在新年期间进行’开年’祈祷,祈求生意兴隆。一般人会在新年期间休息一个星期,不过一些人会在大年初二开工。正月初二是女娲造狗的日子,因此也被称为“狗日”。在这一天里,必须给狗儿准备好吃的大餐。

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在古时候,乞丐和那些无业者将捧着财神的照片挨家挨户地,大声喊道:“财神到!”,意思是“财富之神来了!”,房子的主人则会喊道:“幸运的钱“,并施舍一些钱给这些带来好运的使者。

 

大年初三

大年初三被称为“赤狗日”。传说中“赤狗”是“熛怒之神”,遇到他的人一定会不吉利,故初三为“凶日”,不宜外出。正月初三日为小年朝,民众一般不扫地,不乞火,不汲水,与岁朝同。

据说在初三跟谁拜年,就会跟谁吵架,因而不拜年;另外“赤”字有“赤贫”的意思,所以民间也不在这天宴客,会冲犯“赤狗”,带来贫穷。除了到庙里拜拜,大部分人选择在这天里呆在家里,不到任何亲友家里拜年,以免遇上凶煞。

 

大年初四

这一天中国人会欢迎厨神和其他众神和神灵到他们的家中。这个吉祥的日子被称为阎日,通常用于祷告和敬拜。习惯上,这也是中国商店和企业关闭的最后一天。午夜时分,一些商店可能开业,以表示重新开业。许多中国企业主在庆祝新一年的开始时会和员工一起吃山珍海味。

这一天是诸神返回人间的日子,俗称”迎神日“。许多人会在这一天迎灶神。新年期间歇业的通常会在这一天开业,老板也会宴请员工,感谢他们的辛勤劳动和付出。

 

大年初五

农历新年的第五天是五路财神日,家家户户在这一天要迎接、祭拜财神,祈求新年财运旺盛。在中国北方,人们通常在早上吃饺子,饺子通常制成金锭形状。信奉关帝圣君的商家,在正月初五要为关公供上牲醴,鸣放爆竹,烧金纸膜拜,求关圣帝君保佑一年财运亨通。

 

第七天

In Malaysia and Singapore, the tossing of raw fish salad ‘yee sang’ is popular as this dish symbolises continued wealth and prosperity.

在马来西亚和新加坡一带, 捞鱼生很受欢迎。七彩缤纷的鱼生有七彩灿烂的好意头,而“捞起鱼生”这个名称,又有”风生水起”及”越捞越旺”的意头。

大年初七也被称为“人日”。

大年初七传统上称为“人日”,意思是“普通人的生日”或每个人的生日,每个人会在大年初七长大一岁。

在马来西亚和新加坡等东南亚国家,大年初七是捞鱼生的日子。在中文里,“鱼”和“有余”的“余”同音,因此捞鱼生就蕴含年年有余的美好寄意。根据马来西亚习俗,捞鱼生的时候,大家各自拿起筷子捞起,同时高喊来年大家“捞得风生水起”。

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佛教徒通常会在年初七戒吃肉,因为年初七是帝释天的诞辰,他的地位相当于玉帝。

如今,佛教徒也可以同样享受鱼生,因为在克切拉如意轩等餐厅提供素鱼生。

Sakra is mentioned in many Buddhist sutras, and is often shown consulting the Buddha on questions of morality. Together with Brahma, he is considered a Dharmapala, a protector of Buddhism and its teachings.

许多佛教经典里提及的帝释天,与梵天同属佛教护法神。帝释天是天上、人间的道德维护者。

 

大年初八

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玉皇大帝的生日对于福建人来说是一个非常重要的庆祝活动,其重要程度甚至超越大年初一。

年初八是天庭的领导者玉皇诞辰前夕。这个特别的日子通常动员全家上下摆设盛宴。由于大多数人已经在年初八之前返回工作岗位,雇主通常会为其员工举办午宴和晚宴。

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福建籍贯人士会在玉皇大帝诞辰前夕,即年初八准备献祭,向玉皇表达谢意。

为了纪念玉帝的诞辰,许多马来西亚华人,特别是福建人会准备包括肉类、海鲜、水果、菜肴、糕点、鲜花和糖果庆祝。在拜天公这一天,福建人会特别准备一对甘蔗作为供品。

相传在日本海盗入侵中国的时候,福建人因躲藏在甘蔗园内而避过遭屠杀的厄运。当时正好是大年初八和初九,也恰逢玉皇大帝的诞辰。

自此以后,福建人会把甘蔗献给玉皇大帝,是一种铭记恩惠的表达。在福建话里,甘蔗的读音跟福建话“kam sia”即感谢相近。因此,甘蔗就承载了福建人,对玉帝深藏内心的万分谢意和感激。

 

大年初九

A Jade Emperor’s altar in a temple

庙里供奉的玉皇大帝

玉皇大帝诞辰的日子是一个非常重要的日子。对福建人而言,这个日子远比大年初一来得重要。

在玉皇大帝诞辰的早晨(午夜12时至隔天早上7时),台湾福建人将设立一个三层高的祭坛桌。第一层放置六种蔬菜、面条、水果、蛋糕,汤圆(一种甜点)、蔬菜和生槟榔子,再以纸灯装饰之。下面两层备有五种祭品和酒,奉祀玉皇大帝以下的众神明。

然后,家中的每个人都跪拜三次,鞠躬九次,向玉皇大帝致敬并祝愿他长寿。

 

大年初十、初十一和初十二

在这三天里,新年的庆祝活动还在持续,不过在连续九天热烈的庆祝后,将以稍微平静的方式进行。大家还是继续给亲戚朋友拜年,举办晚宴和聚餐,齐享新年美食佳肴。

 

大年初十三

The 13th is a day dedicated to the General Guan Yu or Guan Di

大年初十三是纪念关羽将军的日子

大年初十三开始,大家会吃一些比较清淡的食物,甚至有些人会选择纯素饮食,清除肠胃在过去12天内消耗的丰盛和油腻食物。

这一天纪念关羽将军的日子。生于汉代的关羽,可说是中国历史上最伟大的将军之一,他也是忠诚、力量、真理和正义的象征。

A giant Guan Yu statue stands in Jingzhou, China

位于中国荆州的巨型关羽雕像

大多数中国组织和企业都会在这个特殊的日子里向关羽祈愿。据说关羽在他一生中赢了百多场战役,因此成为许多人,特别是中国商界视之为崇拜对象。许多人也将关羽视为财富之神或成功之神。

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日本横滨关帝庙里一座非常华丽的关羽神坛

 

正月十五日(元宵节)

On the 15th day of Chinese New Year it is customary for everyone to have a bowl of tang yuan, which symbolises growth.

在元宵节当日,传统上华人会自己做一些色彩缤纷的特色汤圆,汤圆主要是用糯米制成,再配上甜甜的暖姜汤,意味着一家人团团圆圆的意思。

农历正月十五日是春节的最后一天,马来西亚和新加坡的华人称这天为 Chap Goh Meh ,即福建话里“第十五夜”的意思。

在元宵节当天,华人会烹煮一种由糯米制成,叫“汤圆”的甜品。有些家庭会制作色彩缤纷的汤圆,再配上姜糖水。习俗上,华人必定在元宵节吃一碗汤圆,象征团圆美满之意。

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在中国,元宵节亦称为“灯节” (并非中秋节),是一年中第一个月圆之夜。民间传统习俗对此重要的日子加以庆祝,并在住家外燃灯尝试引导迷途的亡灵回到他们的所在地。中国人一家大小也会在这天出去观赏花灯,小娃们提拿着自己所属生肖造型的小灯笼,跟家人一起闹元宵。

大家借着热闹浓厚的节日气氛,高高兴兴地和家人朋友一起度过这普天同庆日子,借此增进彼此的感情,拉近与大自然和天界众生的关系。一般相信天界的众生每年为人间带来光明。

The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the last day of Chinese New Year. Seen here is a Chinese woman celebrating at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

灯节是庆祝的是每年农历新年最后的一天。图中这位女士在吉隆坡天后宫欢庆元宵节。

不能不提的是,元宵节也是中国情人节。许多独身男女会选择在这天许愿,祈望可以找到一位理想的终身伴侣。未婚单身女子会在元宵节当日,在橘子上写下自己的愿望和联系方式,然后将它们投进大海或湖泊里。

与此同时, 单身男子则会把这些橘子捞回来吃。大家都相信,捞回来的橘子的味道代表着这对未婚男女是否是合适的终身伴侣。若橘子是甜甜的,那他们肯定是一对完美的配对。若果橘子是酸涩涩的,那就“算了吧”!

A little girl is selecting her a lantern for the celebration.

图示一位少女正拣选花灯

掷橘子习俗曾在五十、六十年代非常普及,后来因为时髦约会方式的出现,此传统习俗也随之式微。现在的元宵节,大家都借此喜庆佳节与家人和朋友共聚一堂,掷橘子亦演变成民间娱乐了。

Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, beautifully decorated with 10,000 lanterns.

万盏闪烁花灯将吉隆坡天后宫点缀得璀璨夺目

 

农历新年祝褔语

农历新年最常听到的新春问候语肯定是“恭喜发财”,意指祝贺大家在来年财源滚滚。其实新年祝贺语习俗源自中国的年兽传说。传说中,村民在击败了年兽后彼此说祝贺语开始,到现在则演变成庆祝春节的习俗。

另一常用于春节的祝褔语便是”新年快乐“。

在中国大部份地方,常用的春节祝褔语是“新年好”和“过年好”,两者皆是新年快乐的意思。

 

红包

Red packets called Hong Bao (Mandarin), Ang Pao (Hokkien), or Lai Si (Cantonese) is a monetary gift given by elders and married couples to children and those who are unmarried.

春节的压岁包,普通话叫红包、粤语则称“利是”。长辈会将压岁钱放入红包袋里,待在春节拜年时,派发给孩子和未婚者

春节期间,已婚成年人和长辈传统上会派红包或利是(粤语)给孩子们和未结婚的亲友。红包是将压岁钱放入红封包内,过年时派给后辈,喻意祝愿他们在新一年,行好运及吉祥如意。

至於红包封里钱的数目,通常会跟华人在习俗上喜欢的“八”有关,因为“八”代表着“发”,即发财好运的寓意。

越南和日本也有派红包的传统习俗。越南称红包为“利是”,日本则为”年玉“;跟中国春节派红包的传统类似。

 

春节的贺年美食

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家家户户忙于准备各样象徴吉祥的贺年菜肴,等待家人回家吃年夜饭。

对华人来说,春节是全年最重要的一个传统节日。大家也趁此机会与家人朋友一起度过这喜气洋洋的佳节。习俗上,华人庆祝农历新年都离不开吃一顿盛宴。真正过年的前一夜叫团圆夜,离家在外的游子都会不辞千里赶回家全家团聚,在一起吃顿年夜饭。不管是团圆饭还是过年聚餐,华人的过年离不开美食佳。

在马来西亚,新春佳节还有“开放门户”这个传统习俗。“开放门户”活动主要是开门迎接各方亲友到访团聚共庆佳节。马来西亚华人通常是以自助形式款待到访的亲友,因此在食物方面,为了迎合多元化种族的来宾,一定少不了马来美食及印度美食。“开放门户”自助桌上通常会有以椰叶包裹米饭扎成的马来粽、马来仁当咖哩(将肉块与香料和椰酱慢煮而成) 及印度咖哩。

Prime Minister Mr Najib Razak with Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) leaders at MCA’s Chinese New Year open house in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 28, 2017. Photo: Malay Mail Online

马来西亚首相纳吉阿都拉萨于2017年1月28日当天与马来西亚华人公会领袖,在马华公会总部庆祝农历新年。图片来源:Malay Mail Online

在传统中国春节的贺年菜式里,华人喜用一些应节食材,如象征吉祥如意好意头的材料或取其与“好意头‘的食物。

最常见的传统春节贺年菜式有:

 

罗汉斋

这是一道专为除夕和开年(农历年初一)精心制作的素菜,原是佛门名斋。其主要素材是用上广东人称的“发菜。”发菜“是一种可以食用的藻类,因其色黑而细长,如人的头发而得名。由于其名称发音跟中文“发财”非常近似,所以也是华人喜爱的春节食材之一。

Buddha's Delight is an elaborate vegetarian dish served on the eve and the first day of the New Year as it symbolised prosperity.

罗汉斋<

 

鸡肉

蒸鸡在中国是一道历史悠久的贺年菜式。源于古代的中国,农民物资短缺,生活贫困穷苦,若能以家禽做贺年佳肴,恐怕只能奢望在过年春节时有机会尝。故此,鸡在过去是道何等奢华的食材! 緃使当年人的生活水平随着时代得到改善,但鸡肉在传统餐桌上仍是不可或缺的年菜

Chicken - Steamed chicken is usually served as a tradition brought down from ancient times when many Chinese were poor farmers or immigrants, who only had the luxury of enjoying chicken during Chinese New Year.

鸡肉在古时候是道丰富的菜肴

 

鱼在中文发音上跟“余“相近,有富足和丰余的意思。因此,中国人的年夜饭必定有鱼,同时不能把盘中的鱼吃光,寓意着“年年有余”--取其意,来年便会“年年有鱼(余)”,代表每年都有多余的钱财。

鱼有不同方法烹调,如清蒸、水煮或炆烩。但豉汁蒸鱼却是最广为人知的一道年菜,习俗上鱼是宴席上的最后一道菜,而且必需整条鱼端上桌。谨记不许把整条鱼吃光光,寓意着来年丰衣足食,富贵临门,添褔添壽。

The fish is always served whole and as the last dish. Some of the fish is left on the plate to symbolise auspiciousness and having surplus, continuous abundance and longevity.

鱼象征年年有余

 

年糕

年糕是一种用高黏性的糯米粉和红糖蒸成的糕点,口感甜甜黏黏,属于农历新年的一道美味贺年美食。在马来西亚,通常会把年糕配上香浓的椰丝干或将年糕夹在芋头和番薯之间,放入油锅里炸至金黄色,变成一道不可或缺的美味应节食品“炸年糕”。

年糕象征“年年高”,步步升的意思。

Nian gao symbolises the raising and growth of oneself in each coming year. It can be served steamed or fried.

人们在新年见面会祝贺彼此“年年高升”,意即“每年都提升”。

在中国文字里,“年”和“黏”属谐音 ; “糕”和“高”谐音。因此,在春节吃年糕寓意着人们的工作和生活一年比一年提高,步步高升的意思。

中国人会把这甜甜黏黏的年糕作祭祀供品供奉给灶君,希望可以把灶君的咀巴粘上年糕,这样便不能向玉皇大帝回报任何民间的坏事了。

 

发糕

发榚取其意便是“发财糕”。发糕主要是由面粉、水和糖混合后再加入酵母或泡打粉发酵而成。待糊浆发酵后,移至蒸笼蒸熟。发糕发得越大,顶端裂痕越深,正如其蒸发糕谐音,蒸蒸日上,年年发,步步高!

Fa gao symbolises growth and prosperity.

发糕象征发财高升的意思

 

油角

油角又称“角仔”,是粤港家庭常见的贺年美食之一。主要材料有面粉、砂糖和花生,放进油镬炸成金黄色。因其形似中国古代的黄金锭,象征着财富满满的意思。

Jau gok peanut puff dumplings that symbolises wealth and prosperity.

花生角仔象征著财富满满、发财高升

 

饺子

饺子是中国北方的传统食物。常见的肉馅饺子外形也像古代的金银锭。除了肉馅饺子外,斋饺子也十分美味唷!常见的烹调方法有用滚水煮的“水饺”、锅蒸的“蒸饺”或油煎的“煎饺”。

饺子也是很像中国古代的金银锭。相传吃了饺子后,便会让你好运一整年啊!

Jiaozi is another dumpling dish that resembles the gold or silver ingots. It is dish that is believed to bring you luck throughout the year.

据说吃了饺子后,便会好运一整年啊!

 

鱼生

对于马来西亚和新加坡华人来说,鱼生是过农历年时不可或缺的特色贺年佳肴。习俗上,南洋一带华人会在正月初七吃捞生(即鱼生);材料包括红白萝卜丝、生菜丝、西芹丝和姜丝等各种颜色的蔬菜丝,再配上䄂子肉、炸油条及新鲜生鱼片(如三文鱼)。然后淋上特制的酸柑汁、青柠汁、糖和配料,大家一起将材料“捞”起来,这就是“捞生”了。

吃捞生时,往往多人围满一座,然后大家站起身,挥动筷子,将材料捞动,要越捞越高,更要问口说些吉祥话,以示步步高升,“捞”得风生水起,一年比一年好。捞生主要源自马来西亚和新加坡一带。

 

橘子

在华人过春节时,大家都一定会见到橘子(桔)。在传统上,亲友们拜年时都会互赠橘子做贺年礼物,以求新的一年里大吉大利,财源滚滚。

Mandarin oranges symbolises wealth and good fortune and are given as auspicious gifts during the Chinese New Year.

橘子象征大吉大利,属于吉祥的贺年礼品。

 

长寿面

农历新年时,华人都喜欢吃上一碗长寿面。不管面有多长,都不可以剪断,以示长命百岁之意。

Longevity noodles which is uncut noodles, representing longevity and long life.

长寿面是一种没有切断的面线,象征著长命百岁之意。

 

圆子

圆子也叫汤圆,为糯米粉团搓成的丸子,通常会配上暖暖的甜汤一起吃。圆圆的汤圆,”圆”意味着”团圆”、”圆满”。在春节时间吃汤圆,象征家庭和谐、吉祥圆满之意。

 

舞龙和舞狮

The Dragon Dance consists of a troupe of dancers carrying an image of the Chinese dragon on poles, moving in the nature of the dragon spirit.

舞龙是由一众舞龙者,舞着龙头及龙身,模仿龙的活动姿态,回旋而舞

舞龙和舞狮属于中国传统民俗文化之一。在华人社区,特別是华人商家,均会请舞龙舞狮团来助兴,驱邪避鬼,祈求带旺新一年的运气和财气。舞龙的龙是用布料和竹纸紥作而成,配上木棍,众舞龙者随着鼓乐伴奏,模仿龙的神态,舞出龙的不同姿态。舞龙者随着气势雄伟的锣鼓乐器声,众大汉举着巨龙上下穿行,时而腾起,仿效龙的摆动,锣鼓齐鸣,好不热闹!龙身可达数十米长。

至於舞狮,其狮头是由竹纸和木头扎成;再由描色工人上色,一只威武灵动的舞狮头便展现在眼前。然后,表演者装扮成狮子的样子,在锣鼓音乐声中,舞动着色彩缤纷的狮头。这项结合了艺术与武术的活动,在锣鼓打击乐的配合下表演,其配乐与舞龙的锣鼓乐声相似。

华人商家通常在农历新年期间,邀请舞狮团到其商店、办公室或家居表演庆祝,讨个好彩头。

The Lion Dance consist of two dancers mimicking the lion’s movement, danced to the music of drums and cymbals.

舞狮主要由两人舞一头狮子

 

春节必游观光景点

在马来西亚,如果想体验一下中华文化,可到华人庙宇。 尤其在春节期间,各寺庙宇都纷纷掛满闪烁缤纷的灯笼,同时也对外开放给善信供奉祈福,祈求来年平安顺利。

 

马来西亚必去的寺庙

 

巴生谷

 

1. 威镇宫观音寺

The Kuan Yin Temple in Petaling Street, Chinatown was built in 1880 and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin).

茨厂街观音庙

观音庙创建于1880年,主要是供奉神大慈大悲的观世音菩萨。 寺庙坐落在马哈拉惹里拉路,是隆市区其中一间具特色的庙宇。其建筑物融合了中国文化和欧州巴洛克的艺术风格,富丽堂皇的装饰,强烈的色彩对比,便是此古庙的吸引人之处。寺庙里的三尊金铜大佛和千手观音像是此庙宇的吸引人之处。

观音寺的正殿供奉释迦牟尼佛、南海观音和千手观世音菩萨。千手观音是大慈悲的象征,衪发誓愿,透过千手千眼解除诸般苦难,广施百般利乐。

前往方式:
观音寺面对着 Bulatan Merdeka 交通圈,在吉隆坡隆雪中华大会堂对面,靠近Masjid Jamek轻轨站。

礼佛诵经时间: 下午12时30分至1时45分
在这时段,众法师和善信们会唸诵“南无观世音菩萨”,殊胜法音声声起。

开放时间:早上7时至傍晚5时
地址:Jalan Stadium and Jalan Maharajalela, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

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观音寺地图

 

2. 陈氏书院

Located at Petaling Street area, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is one of the largest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia.

陈氏书院是马来西亚其中一座最古老的佛教寺庙

陈氏书院迄今仍是马来西亚其中一座最宏伟和历史悠久的佛教寺庙。位于茨厂街南端尽头 ,书院内部设有院子、对称阁楼和典型精致的砖瓦屋顶。书院外部更采用精美釉面雕刻装饰,非常优雅。

书院建于1897年至1906年之间,建筑以广州的陈氏书院为设计蓝图,融合家庙和宗祠的特色,墙沿屋瓦上的雕刻细节中包含了各种古代戏码和华族神话人物的彩绘陶雕,极具艺术欣赏价值。主座内部的石柱更绘有勇士与兇悍大狮、巨龙和神话传说中的猛兽对决场面。

书院的正庭供奉中国上古时代太始祖舜帝重华公等三尊圣像,在这三尊圣像的上壁则绘有一个辉煌灿烂的黄太阳。

书院两旁摆放着蓝瓷花瓶和小尊守护神圣像 ,门庭一排排红灯笼高高掛起做装饰。正门两侧则设有供奉男女守护神的佛坛。

前往方式:
从中央艺术坊轻轨站只需行15分钟即可到逹。

开於时间:早上8时至傍晚6时

地址:172, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpar, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Map of Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

陈氏书院地图

 

3. 关帝庙

Kuan Ti Temple is a Taoist temple that is 121 years old, located within walking distance from Petaling Street, Chinatown.

已有121年历史的道教关帝古庙

这座拥有121年历史的关帝庙坐落在敦李孝式路,其古色古香的设计,再配合色彩亮丽的橙色门庭,一眼可见,不难找到。古寺供奉的主神是关帝,又称关公或关羽。是古代三国时期的一个重要将领,道教里的三界伏魔大帝。庙内的关帝圣像,气势威严,红面长髯,其忠义霸气外观,众生无不摄服。

Many have been flocking to Guan Di’s temple to touch or try to lift his sword which is have special power to bless and protect them.

无数海内外信徒都相信这把镇邪“关刀”能驱霉转运,辟邪挡煞。

安放在关公圣像前面是一把闻名於世的镇邪关帝宝刀。众信徒都相信只要能“摸”或手握这把重逹59公斤的灵气青铜宝刀三次,便取得驱霉转运,辟邪挡煞之效。

前往方式:
从茨厂街步行约5分钟,在大众书局街对面,正对着Sri Mahamariamman 印度庙。

开放时间:早上7时至晚上7时 (开放时间可能会随时有所变动,还请於前往寺庙前向管理人员再次确认。)

地址: 沿敦李孝式路

Map of Kuan Ti Temple

关帝庙地图

 

4. 仙四师爷庙

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Chinese Temple built by Yap Ah Loy

由叶亚来建造的仙四师爷庙,是迄今吉隆坡最古老的华人庙宇

仙四师爷庙是吉隆坡最古老的道教寺庙,建于1864年,由吉隆坡甲必丹叶亚来建造。由茨厂街步行只是需3分钟。每逢农历新年期间,总会吸引大批信徒前来参拜,香火鼎盛。

庙里供奉主座仙师爷与四师爷。19世纪,这两位师爷对叶亚来后来成为开拓功臣甲必丹有著莫大助益。在繁华的唐人街中心,师爷庙无疑给信徒一片宁静。

寺庙主要由正殿及侧旁的两个小偏殿建筑而成,露天的凉亭与精雕细琢的石壁上完美融合了古典艺术之美。信徒若能诚心在这优雅脱俗的寺庙上香参拜,除了感到身心恬静,身心灵必更平衡。庙宇正门除了摆放着两张有百年历史的古老桥椅外,还掛满一块块牌匾,以示纪念华人先贤陈秀连、叶亚来、叶亚石、叶观盛对吉隆坡的贡献。

文昌帝君乃是保佑文运与考试的神祇,每每迫近考试旺季,庙里必定会聚集许多爱子心切的父母前来祈求保佑榜上提名。据闻只要在大殿的仙四师爷神龛地下转三圈,便能一洗霉气,自此扭转乾坤,好运连年,平安健康。

前往方式:
乘坐轻轨到Masjid Jamek 站或中央艺术坊站,再步行约六分钟。

开放时间:每日上午7时至下午5时

地址:113A, Jalan Tun HS Lee, 14A Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

电话:+603-2078 9052

Map of Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

仙四师爷庙地图

 

5. 乐圣岭天后宫

A sight not missed - Thean Hou Temple is one of the most beautiful temples to visit during Chinese New Year. On the eve of Chinese New Year, there will conduct a countdown to welcome the God of Prosperity.

春节的天后宫,各处都张灯结彩,份外美丽

乐圣岭天后宫乃吉隆坡当地非常具有标志性,尤其在农历春节期间,万盏红彤彤灯笼高高掛起的天后宫,十分具中国文化特色。庙宇也会举行除夕倒数,迎接财神爷的到来,绵延不断的信众皆诚心祈求财神爷的神明庇佑,财运亨通。

若在大年初一去参拜天后宫,还可收到庙宇派的“发财红包”呢!

前往方式:
于甘榜亚答的 Hotel Midah和吉隆坡中央车站设有免费穿梭巴士,半个小时一班。也可从市区打车去,约10至15分钟。若从马来国皇宫步行出发,约20分钟;由茨厂街步行,需30分钟。

开放时间:每日上午9时至下午6时

地址:65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Perskutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

电话:+603-2274 7088

Map of Thean Hou Temple

天后宫地图

 

槟城

 

1. 极乐寺

CNY49-kekloksi

槟城极乐寺在农历新年期间,整座庙宇都装上五光十色的霓虹灯,幻化成仙境的灯海,非常壮观

寺庙依山而建,每逢春节都会举办灯会,万灯齐亮,场面壮观。从山脚走上山顶,在看见壮观宏伟的极乐寺前,沿途先会穿越五彩缤纷的礼品店。繁华过后,再往上走,便看到寺庙四周的绝美景致,美得令人窒息。

夜幕低垂,数百万盏五颜六色霓虹灯饰照亮整座山岭,一片闪烁耀眼的灯海,无不令人讚叹不已 !  极乐寺据说是马来西亚最大的佛教寺庙,主供本师释迦牟尼佛。

前往方式:
最好在光大广场搭乘巴士前往,可以选择 201、203、204、206、306 或 502 路槟城巴士快车。 上车前请先向司机确认,巴士单程票价约 2元马币。也可选择打车去极乐寺,单程预算约为25 至30 元马币。

地址:  1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang , Malaysia

电话:  +6019-750 2139
网站:  kekloksitempole.com

Map of Kek Lok Si

极乐寺地图

 

2. 龙山堂丘公祠

Khoo Kongsi temple is the grandest clan house in Malaysia, located in the UNESCO town area of George Town, Penang.

龙山堂丘公祠伫立在槟城的联合国世界遗产区乔治市

龙山堂丘公祠为国家最富丽堂皇的祠堂,伫立在槟城的联合国世界遗产区乔治市。在农历新年期间,是另一处值得推荐的景点,丘公祠乃是迄今马来西亚保存最好的祠堂博物馆。

这座金碧辉煌的华人宗祠,祠堂里里外外的雕刻艺术都是出自中国的名家之手,是爱好中国文化艺术者所不容错过的地方,鬼斧神工的雕刻艺术享誉国内外。丘公祠位于乔治市大炮广场,沿 Lebuh Aceh 和 Cannon Street。祠堂里每处鬼斧神工的雕刻艺术及庙宇内供奉的各路神灵圣像,每处都吸引着游客的眼球。

前往方式:
若从乔治市外迁往,可乘搭各主要巴士或打车到市中心。

地址: 18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Palau Pinang, Malaysia

电话: +604-261 4609

Map of Khoo Kongsi temple

龙山堂丘公祠地图

 

马六甲

 

马六甲青云亭

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Melaka and Malaysia.

青云亭是马来西亚和马六甲最古老的华人庙宇

若在农历新年来到马六甲,必定要参观在东南亚及马来西亚历史最悠久的华人古庙青云亭。青云亭建于1645年,又称为“观音亭”,毗邻文化街。庙内供奉著中国传统三教文化,儒、释、道三座祭坛。

在2003年,青云亭获联合国教科文组织亚太区文物古蹟保护奖,被列入联合国世界文化遗产名录,为杰出古建筑修复工程的典范。当年庙宇建材和工匠均由中国引进,见证著华人过去在马六甲及马来西亚的历史。

每逢农历新年除夕,大年初一和大年初二都会举办各式各样的祭祀庆祝活动,以供游客或信徒参拜和供养。

前往方式:
位于庙堂街, 从文化街出发步行便可

地址: 25, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

电话:  +606-282 9343

Map of Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

青云亭地图

 

沙巴

 

1. 沙巴亚庇普陀寺庙

Puh Toh Tze temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with large Buddha statues all around the temple grounds

Puh Toh Tze temple in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

这座寺庙位于斗亚兰大道旁,距亚庇市约15公里,寺庙内有十座大型神像,还有一座观音佛像站立在寺前。这是一个庆祝农历新年,特别是大年初一的好地方。

前往方式:
从亚庇香格里拉前的巴士站乘坐1号或4号巴士,每人只需马币1元50仙。巴士每天从早晨6时30分开跑至晚上8时。你也可以乘坐计程车,单程价格通常在马币15元左右,但谨记预约回程的交通。

地址:Lorong Kelabu, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

电话:+6088-388 581

Map of Puh Toh Tze temple

普陀寺庙地图

 

2. 山打根普济寺

Puu Jih Shih temple faces the sea.

坐落在山顶面朝大海的普济寺

坐落在山打根南端的石咀山顶,距离市中心约5公里。寺内供奉三尊堂皇巨佛身像。于1987年建竣,普济寺吸引人之处在于,你在诵经祈福的同时,可以将山打根海湾全景一览无遗的尽收眼底。

Puu Jih Shih temple houses three large golden Amitabha Buddha statues.

普济寺内供奉的三尊金碧辉煌阿弥陀佛巨佛身像

前往方式:
没有公交车前往普济寺,建议游客打车,单程车资约马币 6 至 8 元。谨记要先跟计程车司机商量回程的安排。游客可以选择步行,但需走约30分钟上坡登山的路径。

地址: 90000 Sandakan, Sabah , Malaysia

Puu Jih Shih temple

普济寺地图

 

砂拉越

 

1. 古晋凤山寺

Hong San Si Temple in Kuching is famous for its intricate and sophisticated stone carvings.

凤山寺栩栩如生、精美绝伦的石雕,远近闻名

凤山寺建于1848年,矗立于古晋花香街。寺庙以华丽的中国古典式建筑和栩栩如生精致绝伦的石雕刻闻名远近。独特华丽的琉璃瓦顶,装饰着各式神话传说里,彩色斑斓的神仙和动物塑像,凤山寺因而是婆罗州其中一座最美丽的寺庙。

前往方式:打车前往古晋凤山寺

地址:  5, Wayang St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Map of Hong San Si

凤山寺地图

 

2. 古晋壽山亭(大伯公庙)

Siew San Teng Temple (Tua Pek Kong Temple) sits prominent by the Kuching Waterfront.

壽山亭建于古晋河之上

壽山亭又称为大伯公庙,坐落在山麓上,遥望河川,伫立于古晋主要市集的入口处。整个大伯公庙建筑依傍着古晋的小山坡,背山面水,遥望砂拉越河。
建于1823年,每逢春节期间,大批游客会蜂拥而至,祈求新大伯公继续给予庇佑。

前往方式:
壽山亭正位于旅客较熟悉的古晋希尔顿酒店和古晋海景酒店旁,不难找到。

地址: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Map of Siew San Teng Temple

壽山寺地图

 

春节聚会餐厅推荐

华人过春节的传统习俗里,食物似乎是作为庆祝新春庆典的“亮点“之一。

 

1. 克切拉如意轩

Kechara Oasis New Age Vegetarian Restaurant is famous for its fine exquisite Chinese cuisine that 100% vegetarian as it strive to serve food that promotes compassion.

克切拉如意轩是一间透过精致素食料理,致力推广天然素食,鼓励大家以仁慈之心进餐的素食餐馆。

克切拉如意轩致力推广精致美味, 有益健康,采用时令天然食材烹煮素食菜肴的素食餐馆。其宗旨是烹煮符合健康之道的食物,鼓励大家以仁慈之心进餐。如意轩除了提供中式素食外,还有多元料理口味,涵盖了中华、西藏、尼泊尔、马来西亚和西方等100道料理。

克切拉如意轩设在蕉赖 (Viva Home) 的餐厅,能同时容纳600位宾客,并设有贵宾厢房为宾客提供更贴身服务。亚一如意轩 (Jaya One) 则能舒适容纳210位宾客享用午餐或晚宴。

蕉赖 Viva Home

地址: Lot 2.08 2nd Floor, West Wing, Viva Home Mall, 85, Jalan Loke Yew, Pudu, 55200 Kuala Lumpur

营业时间:周一至周日
午餐:上午10时 –下午 3时
晚餐:傍晚6时 – 晚上 10时

电话:+603 9284 1818

八打灵再也亚 Jaya One

地址:  63 & 67-P1, Block D, The Suites, Jaya One, No 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan

营业时间:周一至周日
午餐:上午11时半 –下午 3时
晚餐:傍晚6时 – 晚上 10时

电话:+603 7968 1818

脸书: https://www.facebook.com/kecharaoasis/

 

2. 吉隆坡双子塔荔苑

Spring Garden

荔苑

设在阳光广场四楼的荔苑,隶属于大同饮食业集团  (Madam Kwana餐厅对面)。这里的精致美味粤式佳肴均由名厨悉心主理,所有菜式皆不含猪肉。

地址:  Lot 413, 4th Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

电话:  +603-2166 9881

网站:  www.suriaklcc.com.my/dining/restaurants/spring-garden

 

3. 龙的传人

Dragon-i

Dragon-i

龙的传人是一间中式料理的餐厅,于巴生谷设有多间分店。那里的贺年菜式“捞生”是道非常有名气的招牌菜之一。

地址: GF.43, Ground Floor, Sumway Pyramid, No. 3, Jln. PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

电话: +603-7492 3688

网站:  www.dragon-i.com.my

 

4. 鼎泰丰

Din Tai Fung

鼎泰丰

入选为全球十大最佳餐厅的鼎泰丰,千万別错过那里著名的贺年菜式“捞生”和饺子。

地址:  168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

电话:  +603-2148 8292

网站:  www.dintaifung.com.my

 

参考资料:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year
  • https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year
  • http://www.chinesenewyears.info
  • https://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/holidays/new-year/history.htm
  • https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/chinese-new-year-legends.htm
  • http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/attractions/chinese-new-year-in-malaysia.htm
  • http://www.malaysia-hotels.net/events/chinese-new-year.html
  • https://publicholidays.com.my/chinese-new-year

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  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 07:11 PM
    Wonderful Laos

    Many visitors are attracted to its laid-back lifestyle, enchanting temples, mysterious plains, ethnic mountain villages and beautiful sunsets, especially by the scenery surrounding the Mekong, which explains why the word Lao means “please don’t rush”. If you’re looking for a place that has spirituality, somewhere that is a little different, a country that’s somewhat off the beaten track, Laos is a country that many will not regret visiting.

    Planning to travel? Why not consider Laos: http://bit.ly/2VVgQ5L
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 04:37 PM
    Unlike most children his age, Luiz Antonio wants to eat his vegetables. It’s the other stuff that apparently gives him second thoughts.

    As evidence, YouTube user Flavia Cavalcanti has an adorable video, originally uploaded in Portuguese, of little Luiz struggling to comprehend the origins of his meal. Potato? Easy enough. Rice? Sure. Octopus gnocchi? Fat chance.

    In a recently uploaded version with English subtitles, Luiz dances around the subject a bit, asking simple questions trying to grasp how, exactly, the “legs” of an octopus ended up on his plate; more importantly, he wonders, what happened to the rest of the octopus?

    “Is his head still in the sea?” Luiz asks his mom, who responds, “It’s at the fish market.”

    “The man chopped it?” Luiz asks. His mom then informs him that all animals we eat, even chickens, are chopped up, prompting the sharp realization, “No! Those are animals!”

    “So… when we eat animals they die!” a wide-eyed Luiz acknowledges. “Why do they die? I don’t like that they die. I like that they stay standing up… These animals — you gotta take care of them… and not eat them!”

    After that epiphany, Luiz realizes his mom has been touched by his compassion.

    “Why are you crying?” he asks.

    “I’m not crying,” his mother responds. “I’m just touched by you.”

    “I’m doing something beautiful?” Luiz wonders aloud, prompting his mom to direct him back to the plate, “Eat! No need to eat the octopus, all right?”

    Watch the video at http://bit.ly/32u0q6T
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 03:19 PM
    Wow … the first title published by Kechara Comics in Nepali. That is wonderful now with this Nepali version comic more and more Nepalis people will get to read , understand about Dorje Shugden. Looking at those comic pictures tells us a thousand words even those who could not read it. It’s a good way sharing , as in Malaysia alone there are thousands of Nepalis foreign workers working here.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karuna-finds-a-way-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you for sharing this amazing and interesting video about oracles. A rare opportunity where we are given the chance to view those videos. Oracles acts as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought. In Tibet tradition oracles have played, and continue to play, an important part in religion, doctrine, and prophecy. Tibetans rely on oracles for various reasons such as healing of their diseases and on all important occasions. In Tibet, they have the Nechung Oracle and other oracles. The purpose of the oracles is not just to forecast the future but do assist in decision-making and providing intelligence on state matters. I have seen mediums taking trance and it is much different from Tibetans oracles from what I saw from these videos. Hopefully the Tibetan tradition oracles could be preserved , where more will benefit. One such famous oracle is the Panglung oracle where the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden took trance . In fact had helped HH Dalai Lama escaped from the Chinese invasion in Tibet to India back 1959. As advice by the oracle Chushi Gangdruk guerrilla group was formed and had escorted Dalai Lama safely into exile.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 03:14 PM
    Wow …wonderful Kechara Comic publication now came out with this important history in comic form of how HH Dalai Lama escaped from the Chinese invasion in 1959. The truth should be made known to all. Now coming up with this , more and more people get to know of the truth. It is our Powerful Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden that has saved Dalai Lama. Dorje Shugden who is a fully enlightened Buddha has helped millions and had benefited many which we all cannot denied. During the most difficult moments, Dorje Shugden will help us nor matter what race, religion one practice or pray to.
    Thank you Kechara Comics publication. Well done ….

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-greatest-escape-in-history.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 02:06 PM
    There are many types of people out there. But one thing is for sure, we are all not the same. We come from different backgrounds, upbringings and cultures. But it’s confirmed none of us would like pain, experience pain or even think of pain. Who in their right mind would enjoy pain? No one. Pain is something that brings tremendous displeasure especially when it’s physically. Imagine someone cutting you, burning you, decapitating you, skinning you or cooking you while you are still alive? Well this is what we do to others. Imagine their pain.

    There are cultures that due to ecological conditions they have to rely on meat. I don’t agree but I understand. But to kill an animal is very bad, but to do it slowly is really the ultimate in sadism and cruelty. And if it’s for fun or just our taste buds, it’s equally cruel. What type of cruel mind can slowly kill an animal for just the taste buds? I certainly can never do this.

    See this video. Share with others. I stress to share it with others. Don’t say it’s hard to watch. For every piece of meat we have eaten, we owe it to animals to see what they go through to fulfill our taste palates. We owe it to them and their pain.

    This is one of the most disturbing videos I have ever come across. I repeat humbly to share this with others to create awareness. Please social media this all over. Create awareness so this happens less and less. I thank you ahead of time.

    http://bit.ly/2J2tP04
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 02:02 PM
    As the number of poached rhinos are breaking records in both South Africa and Kenya, please keep up your support of the men and women who are dedicating so much of their time, money and – in some cases – putting their very lives at risk for the survival of the African rhinos.

    South Africa has already lost more than 400 rhinos to poachers this year, including 265 in Kruger National Park. Many of the poachers are based across the border in Mozambique; to send a letter of protest to the Mozambique High Commission in South Africa, click on this link: http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=21066&ea.tracking.id=fb&en_chan=fb&en_ref=19085575.

    Kenya, too, is experiencing its worst rhino poaching year in decades, with many of its dedicated rhino sanctuaries being targeted. With a much smaller rhino population than South Africa, it is critical that the country’s remaining rhinos are cared for and protected – an expensive undertaking, but one our children and grandchildren will suffer for if we do not succeed.

    In this photograph, taken at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in December last year, a Samburu warrior expresses grief over the discovery of a poached black rhino. Owning a perfect track record until 2009, the conservancy has lost eleven rhinos to poachers since, despite spending millions of dollars on security every year. Now, more than ever, our support is needed.

    http://bit.ly/2MT64sL
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:47 PM
    (CNN) — Packed tight into wire baskets — sometimes 20 or more to a cage — animal rights activists say as many as 200,000 live dogs every year are smuggled from northeast Thailand across the Mekong River destined for restaurants in Vietnam.

    Dehydrated, stressed, some even dying of suffocation on the trip, the dogs are often stacked 1,000 to a truck on a journey that lasts for days.

    “Obviously when you’ve got dogs stacked on top of each other they start biting each other because they are so uncomfortable, any kind of movement then the dog next to the one that’s being crushed is going to bite back,” said Tuan Bendixsen, director of Animals Asia Foundation Vietnam, a Hanoi-based animal welfare group.

    When they arrive in Vietnam, the suffering doesn’t end there. A common belief is that stress and fear releases hormones that improve the taste of the meat, so the dogs are placed in stress cages that restrict their movement.

    Eventually, the dogs are either bludgeoned to death or have their throats cut in front of other dogs who are awaiting the same fate. In some cases, they’ve been known to be skinned alive.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2P7icJr
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:43 PM
    The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

    Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

    Read more to understand the harmfulness of processed meats at http://bit.ly/31pn9jf
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 01:42 PM
    The Greatest Escape in History!

    Located high in the Himalayas, surrounded by cloudy mountain peaks that rendered it inaccessible for centuries, Tibet is a land of magic and mystery filled with stories of lamas and yogis and their mystical feats. Out of all these stories, few have captured the hearts of people around the world more than the true story of how the charismatic spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama escaped the clutches of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and secretly travelled to India in 1959.

    Read and learn more of the Dalai Lama’s great escape from Tibet: http://bit.ly/TR-GreatEscape
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoce never forgets the kindness people have given to him no matter big or small. Anila Thupten Chonyid was very kind to sponsor Tsem Rinpoche when he was in India. The little amount had made a big difference to Rinpoche.

    Without the sponsorship from Anila Thupten Chonyid, it would have been very hard for Rinpoche to continue his study in the monastery. Anila was very generous and her little act had brought so much benefit to so many people because she had enabled a great lama to spread Dharma.

    When we said money had to be well spent, I think money spent to support Dharma work is very well spent. When we give food, we help to solve the problem of the person for the day. When we give Dharma, it will help the person not only this life but in his/her future lives and the Dharma helps to release people from suffering.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/anila-thupten-chonyid-carmen-kichikov.html
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:37 AM
    Life isn’t easy on the streets… You’re always hungry, your body is exposed to the harsh outdoor conditions, you’re embarrassed and people can easily take advantage of you.

    John Byrne is a 37 year-old man from Ireland. He has been homeless since age 14 and begs for change alongside his rabbit, Barney and dog, Roxy. Whatever he “earns”, he uses it to buy food for the 3 of them. How kind…

    At the end of last year, John was begging on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge. An 18 year-old street bully came up to him and snatched Barney out of John’s arms and threw him over the bridge and into River Liffey. River Liffey runs through the center of Dublin and is ice cold during winter. John thought that Barney died due to the impact and water temperature, but when he looked over, he saw Barney swimming in circles. He immediately jumped over the bridge and swam to save his rabbit!

    There’s always a lot of news published about how people would torment animals, abuse them and even intentionally throwing them into the river like in John’s case…

    Read more about John at http://bit.ly/2MufdJb
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Oct 19. 2019 12:20 AM
    If we believe that animals were created by someone for men, it would follow that men were also created for animals since s…ome animals do eat human flesh.

    Animals are said to be conscious only of the present. They live with no concern for the past or future. Likewise, little children seem to have no notion of the future. They also live in the present until their faculties of memory and imagination are developed.

    Men possesses the faculty of reasoning. The gap between man and animal widens only to the extent that man develops his reasoning faculty and acts accordingly. Buddhists accept that animals not only possesses instinctive power but also, to a lesser degree, thinking power.

    In some respects, animals are superior to men. Dogs have a keener sense of hearing; insects have a keener sense of smell; hawks are speedier; eagles can see a greater distance. Undoubtedly, men are wiser; but men have so much to learn from the ants and bees. Much of the animal is still in us. But we also have much more: we have the potential of spiritual development.

    Buddhism cannot accept that animals were created by someone for men; if animals were created for men then it could follow that men were also created for animals since there are some animals which eat human flesh.

    Read more on this interesting article at http://bit.ly/2OZ2QXi
  • nicholas
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 11:51 PM
    Thousands of Californian hens have escaped being gassed after an anonymous donor provided $50,000 for some of them to be flown across the US on a charter flight to a happy retirement on the east coast.
    The hens, who have reached the end of their egg-laying life, were due to be killed – a common practice in the US.

    But after an approach from the Animal Place sanctuary in northern California, 3,000 of them will enjoy a comfortable retirement instead. Thanks to an unnamed benefactor, 1,150 of them will be flown to New York to be distributed to sanctuaries in the eastern US.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2pBfyAB
  • Sofi
    Friday, Oct 18. 2019 09:01 PM
    Dorje Shugden Shize: A practice for healing and long life

    ‘Shize’ is the Tibetan word for ‘appearing in a peaceful form’. In this case, the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden has one face and two arms. His right hand holds a wealth arrow which is adorned with five-coloured silks and a divination mirror. The divination mirror demonstrates that this form of Dorje Shugden can help you to see into even the distant future; Shize’s practice is very effective in helping us to receive prophecies or develop clairvoyance.

    Read more on how Shize is able to help you: http://bit.ly/ShizeDS

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Fulfill your wishes, overcome your problems and protect yourself from negativities and harm with a Dorje Shugden Puja. All are welcome @ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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It’s a good opportunity to know so many social heroes in different fields. Everyone is playing their important part in making this world a better place. From environment to animal extinction to hunger problems. We would like to applaud all the Kechara heroes for playing their part exceptionally well. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project October 2019
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Kechara Earth Project October 2019
Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
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Animal Liberation- Pastor Han Nee blessed the birds before releasing them. Lin Mun KSDS
I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
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I’m ready to do the rehearsal :) Lin Mun KSDS
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Asyley and team busy adjusting the sound system in the technical room. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback on Graduation - Hubert strong stance. Practicing his wushu performance. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback for graduation - Robey practicing her ballet in rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
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Teaching children to be kind to animals through the virtuous deed of animal liberation held in Kechara House. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
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The youngest group of KSDS learned and experienced the self-defence session. Alice, KSDS.
Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
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Vegetarian meals with sufficient nutrients are provided to the children ~ KSDS Woah Camp. Alice, KSDS
Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
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Children had fun with the teachers and parents during the game time. Alice, KSDS
First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
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First Pilgrimage cum Camp held in Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS.
So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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So happy for them to have opportunity to engage in dharma at a very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace and teacher Callista guided the teenage class on a blog article. They enjoyed it. Lin Mun KSDS
Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children took a picture with Guru. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children have so much fun during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Sunday dharma class has resumed today after a long break. Lin Mun KSDS
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