Well folks, I’ve been a little MIA in the blog world lately (although slowly working my way through my back-logged Feedly, see constant updates on Twitter!). I’ve been teaching a lot, developing some new RWH programming, and – of course – preparing for what is easily the most important and widely celebrated holiday in Singapore: Chinese New Year.
Today (Thursday, Jan. 30) is the eve of the New Year in the Lunar Calendar. So, in addition to the usual weekly activities, the last few days have been filled with…
1. Washing ALL THE RED THINGS:
2. Filling ang bao packets:
3. Acquiring plenty of Mandarin Oranges:
I don’t want to repeat things that I’ve already shared, so if you want to know a bit more about other preparations (including the pre-new-year cleaning), check out my Chinese New Year Preparations! post from last year.
With all of that, and our last bits of work for the Year of the Snake, completed, KMN and I got cleaned up and headed over to his parents’ house:
There, we met with some of his close family for Reunion Dinner. We started off with the tradition Yusheng (my first of the Lunar New Year season!):
You can read all about the components and symbolism of Yusheng in my Chinese New Year Day -1 post from last year.
After Yusheng, we enjoyed a tasty dinner before heading back home. And now, it’s time to get some sleep – Lunar New Year celebrations extend for about two weeks, but the first day is definitely the busiest. We have lots of family to visit tomorrow!! So for now, I’ll leave you all with a very hearty:
Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!
What’s on your schedule for today?
[This is such a festive, celebratory period that it’s hard for me to remember that it’s still business as usual for you folks in the West! So remind me!!!]
Any pressing questions about Chinese New Year?