恭喜发财! 恭喜! 恭喜! 新年快乐! ^o^ (don’t know how to type out all the other lines in English. har har) Let us all welcome the year of the Ox! ^^. Ahh… Chinese New Year… my favorite and only holiday that I truly celebrate. Good times good times. However, there are little to no festivities where I live now unlike NYC’s Chinatown and other places around the world. Guess I can talk about how the usual Chinese New Year’s day can go and some tradition tidbits ^^;.
Decorations and food at home this time is modest at best (none of that red paper, firecrackers, and stuff) but the tradition and culture is still strong as ever! The pastries and snacks are very traditional- plain cupcakes (fat tay), fried shrimp chips, oily fried dumplings, and a dish of sweets (candied coconut, wintermelons, lucky candy, pistachios, ferrero rocher and bunch of chocolate). I can’t say I like any of them though >_>.
The food we usually have is plain but also traditional as well- Steamed chicken, water chestnuts, fat pork, rice noodles, “jai” (mix veggies… love the black fungus!), dried oysters with “black hair” (that’s what it looks like) and I don’t know where the pork tongue came from. From morning to noon, one is not supposed to eat any meat.
A few important things to keep in mind during New Year to gain as much “good luck” as possible and minimize them from leaving:
– ALWAYS be positive. Do not use negative statements.
– No Arguing or causing trouble
– No foul language (I almost always fail at this one)
– Do not wash your hair on this day (washing away your luck)
There are like hundreds more but these four are the easiest to break xD.
After noon, the family usually sets out to greet friends and families. This is the best part of the day because this is when the red envelops (lay see) start flowing in :D (but if you are the parent, then money is flowing out). This is also the time to see festivities like lion dances, and exploding firecrackers but not in this city. For dinner, there’ll be a big feast of course but some families usually go out to restaurants. I remember when I was little, all I care about buying with the red envelops were toys and candy. Now they just become gas money ^^;. Hope all of you are having a great Chinese New Year as well (if you are celebrating it).
Sinanju WISP in a bit…