It's strange... as I get older I definitely feel like Chinese New Year (CNY) gets less festive and very un-CNY like, but the best thing is that I really love the simplicity of it.
Every Chinese family celebrates CNY differently. Some say, "This is what CNY should look like. This is what you must do. This is what you mustn't do." No offense if you love it, it just sounds exhausting.
Well, I've never really learnt the meaning behind traditions as my family isn't big on tradition. Not only we don't follow centuries-old traditions, we also don't abide by a set of beliefs and superstitions to start off the year - our maid swept the floor on the first day of CNY and I washed my hair too. Didn't wear red and didn't even bother dressing up or wearing makeup, loll!
No matter what, we will still celebrate it. My siblings and I will still fly back home to spend quality time with our King and Queen. CNY, to me, is associated with family - the people who you have to be with this festive season, and it's time when relatives and friends visit each other.
That's about it.
Oh yeah, because I'm not married yet, so I still receive ang pows. *embarrassed to the max*
When we go back at any time of the year, our dining table is overflowing with delicious home-cooked meals, not just during CNY.
It may surprise you to know this, but we never tossed and ate yee sang growing up - I guess over that side of the country, it's not really our thing and I'm in fact not very fond of it. I wonder if it's a Cantonese or Hokkien thing, traditionally.
"Huat ah! Huat ah!"
First time trying Peking duck from Kuching, Sarawak and it's the best I've had so far!
As always, weather is scorching hot this time of year in Tawau, so we prefer to stay at home and not be exhausted.
After a wonderful two weeks of rest (I slept a lot as my parents let us sleep till noon hehe except on Sundays as we've to attend church, the worship service starts at 9.30AM!), bombarding myself with snacks while watching TV, getting pampered and total disconnect, I felt a lot like Garfield!
*struggling to get back in the swing of things*
Anyway, I'm feeling very positive for the year of the horse and hope you're too. Neigh-h-h-h!
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