Happy Lunar New Year 2013!

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Happy Lunar New Year! I hope the year of the snake is treating you all well thus far. Visited my Dad’s temple today. It’s not unusual for Chinese, Vietnamese, and other Asian families to go to temple on New Years, and needless to say, it was packed! I was so overjoyed being back in the bay area for Chinese New Year! Here are a few photos I took today.

Vietnamese Che Vendor
Che is a type of Vietnamese pudding mostly consisting of fruit, tapioca, sweet beans, coconut milk, etc. My sister, dad, and I shared a thing of che chuoi, banana pudding. It was so delicious, as Gwen Stefani would say, it was b-a-n-a-n-a-s!

Vietnamese Vegetarian Food
Vegetarian food vendor. Some Buddhists are vegetarian on days with a full moon.

Banh Gio
Banh gio, steamed minced pork dumplings, wrapped in banana leaves.

Banh Gio
More banh gio and banh tet, a glutinous rice cake filled with mung beans and pork.

Bronze Buddha
A bronze statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat.

Tet Vendor
Dragon Dance
A new year celebration is not complete without a dragon dance!

Temple Prayers
Little Stone Buddha

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6 comments on “Happy Lunar New Year 2013!

  1. Happy Lunar New Year!

  2. Hey Jenn ! Lovely photos ! I want to try some of those delicious CNY delicacies from other Asian countries as well šŸ˜€

    Wishing you and your family Happy Chinese New Year !!! May the Year of the Snake bring you good health , happiness and good fortune !

    • Thanks so much! You as well!

  3. I wish it weren’t too cold to have a big festival like this in NYC. Maybe I’ll have to go check out the parade in Chinatown on Sunday and see if I can get my hands on some good grub!

    • The weather was gorgeous considering it was the middle of February, but sometimes I wish I lived in a city where it snowed, like NYC. Hope you’re able to grab some yummy noms!

  4. Happy Luna New Year to you and your family too! What a festive scene at the temple to spend the New Year day! I love vendor food stall like this. Small portion so I can sample many different things. šŸ™‚

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