Hey guys! It’s Chinese New Year again!!
Back home (in Singapore), this would mean being able to wear new clothes, going out to visit relatives I haven’t seen in a while, wishing them luck by greeting the elders with mandarin oranges and getting red packets (full of money) in return!
Also, eating delicious traditional snacks, like ba kwa (barbecued honey pork jerky), nian gao (sweet cakes) and peanuts and tonnes of other delicious fruits and foods! The eve of Chinese New Year is usually marked by a gathering of family, more commonly called the “Reunion Dinner”, it’s when family gathers together to eat hot pot and children play games while the adults talk and play majong.
There would be lots of traditional old chinese shows playing on TV and in China, it would be marked by spectacular fireworks displays which will go on for the next two weeks.
One of my favourite high school memories was setting off fireworks in the middle of the streets with my friends. Watching the fireworks display is always great fun, but actually setting them off yourself? Dude. The greatest joy in the world!
Unfortunately for me, this year’s Chinese New Year will probably be spent eating chinese take-out while watching a rerun of Charm or Big Bang Theory. My family is only a million miles away right now, and so that’s a meh on the reunion dinner front.
Hopefully though, your Chinese New Year is a noisier and more elaborate affair than mine! And definitely a less lonely one! Here’s wishing all you Chinese peeps out there an awesome CNY and have a great time with your family and friends!