Going totally off tangent, today is the first day of Chinese New Year. It’s a day Chinese all over the globe celebrate with a passion. Because of the pandemic, the usual family reunions, lion dances and firecrackers have all been toned down.
I’ll be having a quiet one with a few close friends, who like me, can’t make the trip to our hometowns due to travel restrictions. I’d miss celebrating with mom and my uncles, aunties and cousins. I’d miss getting angpows, eating way too much bak-kwa and watching reruns of Jackie Chan movies with my sisters.
On the other hand, this will be a new experience and the opportunity to explore new ways to celebrate age-old traditions. And perhaps forge new ones? I look forward to that.
If you’re celebrating, let me wish you “Gong Xi Fa Cai” and a very Ox-picious (the obligatory cliché 😂) year ahead. Huat ah!