Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Chinese New Year to you!
It’s the year of the Water Snake and boy – this is truly one of the wettest Chinese New Year I recall! It’s been raining pretty heavily for the past few days and when you think the rain’s taking a respite, it starts all over again! One thing great about the rain is that the weather’s really nice and cool!
When I was young, Chinese New Year was a busy joyous event. relatives gather at my great-grandmother’s home (tradition dictates the younger ones visits the elder relatives as a mark of respect), and it was fun for me as a kid as there was a energetic buzz, red packets to be collected and also the thrill of meeting relatives you like – once a year. Of course, not forgetting the tons of snacks and eating!
Chinese New Year become a lot of a quieter event after my great-grandmother passed on, and relatives no longer gathered at the same place. these days, CNY is a quiet event for my family.
Though a little nostagic for the old days – mainly for the wonderful people like my great-grandmother who is the nicest person ever! and a super cute, cheery and happy grand aunt. i definitely miss the happy vibe they exude. I’m grateful for the tone-down version too! The hb and I visit the most important ones to us – allowing us more time with our own families and then we can head home to rest (and boy – do I get really tired even from just visiting just our own families!) I’m not so keen on visiting relatives that I don’t really know cos’ it’s awkward and sometimes I don’t know how to answer some of their questions.
Here’s wishing you a happy chinese new year and the start of good new things!:)