If Mariah Carey is the Queen of Christmas, then ex-comedian Stephen Chow certainly is the King of Chinese New Year (CNY). It's time again to rewatch all of his shows, such as Kung Fu Hustle (功夫), Shaolin Soccer (少林足球), A Chinese Odyssey series and most importantly, All for the Winner (賭聖) – to the sound of mahjong tiles being shuffled in the background.
CNY may prove to be a more rambunctious event in 2023, after the lacklustre celebrations of the past few years. No complaints though, because who else is excited for the mahjong sessions?! I'm not old enough to remember why mahjong is such a mainstay in CNY gatherings, but I'm happy to continue the tradition for many years to come.
There's plenty to think about, from stocking up the fridge with auspicious food items and getting hotpot inspirations to buying decorations to fit a modern home such as these fortune cats. I'm also thinking of how to decorate my home to welcome visitors, and buying new clothes, bags, shoes and accessories for an auspicious start to the new Lunar year.
Along with the spring-cleaning you've surely started on, consider these mahjong-themed accessories and home decor to channel your inner Gambling God/Goddess.
May good fortune and the huats be with you!