My parents are away in Penang, which takes away what little Chinese New Year “feel” that we get here in Perth. In bigger Chinese communities elsewhere in Asia and around the world, tonight and tomorrow is a big deal. Tonight is the traditional family reunion dinner much like Thanksgiving for the Americans and Christmas. And tomorrow is the first day of the new lunar year when everyone should be dressed out in new clothes, and families would visit each other, and children and unmarried singles would receive red money packets, angpows.
What did I do instead? I had lunch at my uncle Alex’s place where we paid our respects to my grandparents. And tonight, I had dinner with my cousin Hunye’s family – she’s the one getting married in two weeks’ time. Her brother and wife had travelled from Malaysia for the reunion dinner, and it was good that my aunty invited me along to have dinner with them.
To all, have a Happy Chinese New Year and may the year of the pig be a splendid one for you! 🙂