I am making a bit of a tradition of outsourcing my posts. On the cusp of Chinese New Year here in Singapore, I thought it would be meet to draw on the Chinese heritage of some of my friends, asking them the questions, “What CNY tradition do you enjoy, and why?” Most of them skipped the “why” bit, but some things go without saying.
And not to mention munching on all the cny goodies…to me, cny is to bid goodbye to the previous year n welcoming a whole new year.” – Goh Sing Yee
“Food of course–we have steamboat and popiah several times a year, but yu sheng is purely a CNY thing. Also, when we pray to the big guy in the sky (Tua Pek Kong) it amuses me that different families have different stories–did he save our menfolk from the Manchus or the Japanese? Did our menfolk hide in the sugarcane or pineapple fields? And a tradition that I haven’t heard of outside our family–new pyjamas, with pockets, that we fill with angpao before bedtime. We also wear a bit of jewellery to bed, and sometimes also stuff ang pao into the pillowcase – like attracting like and all that!” – Chew Lin Kay
Thanks guys, you are awesome and I feel rather festive just formatting all of that. I have been in Hong Kong and Singapore for over six years now, so lunar new year has become a part of the ebb and flow of life for me too. I don’t really have a tradition as such, but I must admit, I actually enjoy hearing the classic tone of CNY music played over a supermarket speaker. Gong Xi Fa Cai!