Sunday, February 3, 2008

Chinese New Year...

Chinese New Year has never been my favorite festival. Don't get me wrong, I mean, I'm perfectly fine with the buildup to that very day itself. In fact, I enjoy the spring cleaning, shopping for New Year's decorations at Chinatown and most importantly the reunion dinner. I just prefer not to run around visiting relatives and all the stuff that comes with it.

Curiously, I find that spring cleaning in the western context is done just before Christmas (in London anyway) when people get their storeroom sorted out and one will see lots of action at Ebay and FreeCycle. A mad rush for a good buy over at Chinatown back home just gives the adrenaline rush. It's really not the stuff that you got at the end of the day, it's really the process of having all the wares stacked in front of your eyes and being absorbed into the atmosphere of it all. "eastcoastlife" shows a great picture of a typical store we have back home. As for the reunion dinner, which is the dinner before Chinese New Year itself, it's one time when my family sits down and have a cosy meal together, nothing fancy, just a traditional steamboat with perhaps a Hainanese Chicken. Mum's not the world's best cook but just having each other round the table means quite alot to me.

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Over here in London, with my family at the opposite end of the globe just makes me miss the festival so much more. It's not that Chinese New Year is a non-event here. In fact, I do appreciate that the fact that the Chinese community in London will be putting up some performances at Leicester Square, not to mention that British Museum will also be organising events and stuff. But one have to understand that the Chinese community in London is really a diverse one. I mean, we have Chinese from China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, not to mention Chinese who have been in the UK for generations. Each group of us have a slightly different way of celebrating the event. Not to mention that there's no bank (or public) holiday declared over here whereas we'll be looking at at least 2 days (and to 15 days) back home...

Anyway, just for you EntreCard droppers out there. I'll credit 3 EntreCard credits into your account if you're the first five to leave a comment at this post. Nothing great really, just a token of appreciation on my part. Happy Chinese New Year to all.

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9 comments:

la.traducteuse said...

I came to drop a card and read this post. I had the same feeling when I was living in London. At the time of year, I missed my family really a lot and had to meet other students from Taiwan to relieve our nostalgia.

eastcoastlife said...

You are a Hainanese? My hubby is Hainanese too, I'm a Teochew. Maybe your parents know my hubby and his family. hehehe.....

Rudy said...

I'm also far away from my parents and family, living in California. We have friends to celebrate Chinese New Year with. But it's just not the same as the real family gathering. I miss them.

kbguy said...

Kong Xi Fa Cai ! It's just 2 days to go ! And the big day is the New Year Eve. I will sent you an angpow if it will makes you happier and merrier and prosperous ! I mean an eAngpow. Anyway, it's the year of the Ratand it brings good fortune to people born in the year of the Ox. Are you ? Well, I am.. Kong Xi Huat Cai.. angpow tua tua lai !!!

la.traducteuse said...

Hi there,

Thanks for the credits! I'm Taiwanese and now live in the warm Taipei.

C K said...

Hi all, thanks for all your kind comments! Actually it's not all that bad here. At least all the shops are still open during Chinese New Year. Now seriously considering hanging a string of firecrackers from my apartment... haha... all hell will break loose if I do that.
Btw, have already sent you guys your credits... please let me know if you haven't got it.
Cheers!

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C K said...

Hey London Soon! Thanks! Wishing you a prosperous New Year as well!

C K said...

Oh yah, eastcoastlife, I'm not a Hainanese. Just a chap who can't live without Hainanese chicken rice... haha...