新年快乐!恭喜发财!
万事如意,年年有余。

(二零十二年一月二十四日星期一)
Today I escorted my parents to temple and saw children performing Lion Dance attraction to celebrate Lunar New Year (too bad I didn’t take picture) and had vegetarian dishes for lunch. 爱好吧! It rained a little before we went home, but it was a good sign! In our tradition and belief, Lunar New Year needs to be raining 雨, symbolizing prosperity, rich soil, and nice harvest for a year. After that, the big 陈 [Chen] family gathered together in grandma’s house and the married ones gave us 红包 [hong bao]. It was a tradition for Chinese family to give something wrapped in red envelope to their children/ unmarried couples in the family. It’s supposed to be given to older/ parents symbolizing children’s tribute for their parents though, 哈哈哈;;

inside the temple

We’re keeping traditions that in Chinese New Year, we have to eat fish (年年有余 [for years prosperity], 余 [prosper] is similar pronunciation to 鱼 [fish] 😀 ) and noodle for looong looong blessing. It is said, sweeping dust since it is believed to be sweeping good luck. We also played fireworks to fend off bad spirits. I don’t really believe about those, but it doesn’t hurt, though, since we younger generations are suppose to keep traditions too. Plus, the dishes are delicious and since I’m not married yet, I’ll still get the red envelope. The temple’s visitors said that there will be ta-pe-gong event (I don’t think that’s right pronunciation, since it’s perhaps in Hokkian) in 50 days after New Year (cap go meh: cap go = 15) and there will be 60 representatives from other towns participating. I’ll surely take a lot of photos and videos of Lion and Dragon Dance this time!

*陈淑慧

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