Negeri Johor Local Customs

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Negeri Johor Local Customs

  • Additional State Holidays - Johor

    When visiting Johor, take note of following additional holidays.1 February 2007 Thursday Thaipusam (Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang, Selangor only)8 April 2007 Sunday Birthday of Sultan of Johor 21 July 2007 Friday Holy Day of Almarhum Sultan of Johor 13 September 2007 ThursdayAwal Ramadan(Johor, Kedah, Malacca only)

  • Fish maw, chicken feet-tasty home...

    Chinese New Year wouldn't be complete without a taste of some fine home cooking. There are a number of good cooks in my husband's family and my sister in law cooked some fish maw, with chicken & chinese musrooms. The broth was light and clear and not too oily. I have to tell you folks that it was totally delicious!

  • Tid-Bits at Chinese New Year

    Some typical tid-bits at New Year would include Ground Nuts (those imported from Shandong or Ipoh Ngan Yin Brand are favourites), slices of grilled meat,* mandarin oranges, Nien Kou*** and canned soft drinks. **details of where to buy are featured in my shopping tips *** sticky glutinous rice cakes that are brown in colour and always offered to the...

  • Some flowers for the altar

    Fresh flowers for the altar are a must at Chinese New Year. Bright yellow Chrysantemums, violet orchids and multi-coloured daisies were the choice of my mum-in-law who bought them from the market. They don't cost very much, but do certainly make the altar bright and cheerful. If you cut the stalk and change the water every day, the flowers could...

  • Auspicious Pineapples-Ong Lai

    The pineapple is a popular fruit during the Chinese New Year. It's auspicious sounding name Ong Lai (in Hokkien) is phonetically the same as the phrase "Luck Comes" to herald in a prosperous new year. The picture (click to enlarge) shows three varieties of pineapple, in the middle is the regular pineapple which can be eaten, and on either end are...

  • Give Hampers

    Giving out hampers to relatives, friends and particularly to business associates is popular among Malaysians. Priced at attractive and auspicious sounding prices of RM68, 88, 118, and so on, they are typically filled with canned fruits, canned shellfish, dried mushrooms, a bottle of wine or orange cordial, chocolates and nuts. They may be...

  • Grilled Dried Meat

    Dried meat is sold and enjoyed throughout the year but during the Chinese New Year, the sale of this delicious delicacy increases a hundredfold.Put away your calorie counter and cholesterol charts, the thinly sliced meat that is marinated in sugar, superior soy sauce and other secret ingredients, then grilled on an open fire will blow your socks...

  • Potted Lime Trees~Kam Kat

    For Prosperity:The lime tree is a must for those welcoming the Chinese New Year. It is also known as Kam kat (in the Cantonese dialect) or Kek La (in the Hokkien dialect) and signifies prosperity and good luck. The colour of the ripe fruit, Kam or gold is beieved to bring longevity and success, while Kat is phonetically the same as the word that...

  • Giving Ang Pows

    The custom of receiving ang pows (red packets filled with money) is a bit like gift-giving during Christmas, but without the headache of what gift to choose for whom! Instead, the amount of money will depend on the giver's income level and how close the giver is to the person receiving. The highest amounts are usually given to one's own children...

  • Preparation for Prayers

    For the Taoists special prayers are done at the start of each Chinese New Year. The temple is consulted for the auspicious time to offer prayers to the God of Heaven and this year, the auspicious time was at around 1.00 am so my daughter stayed up to help her grand-mother. A table full of offerings are placed outside the house (see pics) and...

  • The "Fung Shui" of a Kam Kat tree

    As mentioned in a previous tip, the kam kat (golden lime) tree takes on special significance during the Chinese New Year. The word "Kam" is similar in sound to the word that means GOLD. As Chinese believe that prosperity and wealth is important, businessmen normally display several kam kat trees outside their houses and in front of their shops to...

  • Pomelos

    The Chinese love the pomelos - not only for their taste, but also for their full, juicy and round shape and size. The roundness of the fruit signifies a complete family and the juicy fruits with their firm light green skin are usually placed on the altar for prayers prior to consumption.


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