The only non-halal market in the heart of Kota Bharu town will open during the night 3 days before CNY. It is the only market in the whole of Kelantan that sells pork openly in the public. Over at the outskirt there are other individuals who sells pork discretely as a respect to their Muslim friends and neighbors. The Market will open at night two days before the CNY eve and close on CNY eve as most of the seller themselves are Chinese. During these 2 nights various kind of delicacies, meat, fruits, imported vegetables, flower and ingredients for preparation are sold. Some of the prices may escalate especially seafood such as large prawns and fish. Hot items that people usually buy are flowers, pork duck, chicken for prayer a.k.a. ‘seng-lay ‘ in hokkien, duck, pine apples, mandarin orange, mee a.k.a. noodle, large size prawns, traditional delicacies such as sticky cake and ingredients for preparing Traditional dishes.
The CNY activity starts a day before CNY itself. This is a very important day for most of the Chinese as it includes prayers during the morning and the re-union dinner during the evening. As our family members are small, our food preparation starts as early as 4 am in the morning on the CNY eve. Most of the family members help up in the preparation of Traditional dishes such as peeling of onions and garlic and other herbs. By 8 am, most of the dishes are already almost completed. At about 9pm we proceed to the Temple to offer prayers to our God and also my late dad and mom’s altar. At the temple, we can only offer Vegetarian food. As such things are simpler over here.
Back home, we need to perform prayers to our ancestors before noon. As such after the Temple, we rush home hoping that there is no traffic jam. At home is where our traditional and customs dishes are served as prayers to our ancestors.
Longevity, which is served during most customs such as birthday, weddings and prayers.