Back in the day, farmer folk in China welcomed Spring by celebrating "Lap chun". For me; it was just another excuse to give away pretty cupcakes! *giggle*
This year; lap chun fell on the 4th of Febuary at about 2am in the morning. Chinese New year is around the corner; and I figured these would make pretty gifts for friends and family.
I made tiny fruit-cupcakes, iced with luster dusted red sugar paste frosting and adorned the exposed tops with gold and red Chinese themed Chocolate. Most of the tiny trinkets were bought during our last trip to Singapore and Hong Kong. They make wonderful Chinese New Year gifts! Every decorative item represents good wishes for the New year and prosperity. I had everyone OOooo and AAahhh-ing *grin* I would have made hand crafted sugar bits for each..but the thought of making tiny pretty flowers for 20 cupcakes was just too painful! >.< A cute Chinese tradition during Lap Chun is how children would balance raw eggs on smooth surfaces. There are tons of "strange" and unprofessional explanations from the older generation of why the eggs balance on this particular day. The common explanation for this 'myth' is a stronger gravitational force on this day caused by the Spring equinox and the Earth's axis. It is said that eggs balance on their own for 45 minutes. I had MYTH in inverted comma's for a reason..*laughs* Though I missed the "special" period of 5-6 hours to balance eggs on this year's Lap Chun day; (was busy sleeping!)....I'm still not quite convinced of this ridiculous misconception! I'm sorry if I'm spoiling the Mystical 'fun' :P I'm a non believer! Haha
The Chinese newspaper had a write up on it yesterday...I don't read chinese, but I had someone explain to me Why the Chinese felt eggs would only stand during this special period every year.
Here's a couple of Western skeptics..
and of course..a video taken by someone of her mystical~ standing eggs. *laughs*
What do you think?
*whispers*...I still think its ridiculous...
*runs off to grab a couple of raw eggs* heheee...