It does seem pretty fast that not too long ago it was just Christmas. In fact, I went to a shopping centre the day just after Christmas, and the Chinese New Year decorations were already up! Wow, that is fast!
The good luck red is in town & can be seen everywhere in the streets of Chinatown, starting with the flowers (natural & plastic) and the New Year decorations. It is really a nice feeling especially if one is to take a walk and looking at all the decorations while listening to the New Year songs.
In the streets of Malacca, Jonker Street is already prepared for the Chinese New Year.
It can be seen here how different it is compared to when it was other season (see post: Merdeka)
The new Chinatown in Jalan Bunga Raya is also ready with the red lanterns hanged across the street and the shops selling decorations brightly litted up!
And the fun is actually now - where we rush (& queue) to buy the New Year goodies like the lychees, longan, scallops etc for giveaways & preparation for the dinners. And of course the once-a-year must have bak kwas (sliced BBQ pork/ chicken meat - and some even seafood) and new clothes! Of course, there is also the house cleaning! Well, it all adds to the fun.
So, do enjoy yourselves while we prepare, work & shop til the New Year! :)