Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year has got to be the event I most look forward to every year, after our annual Concert and Graduation. I really enjoy the balik kampung feeling each time I board the plane to KL. Perhaps due to the distance and also my long absence, I really appreciate family reunions.

Reunion dinner is always on the eve of new year. This year, the Temerloh peeps came to put up a night at our new place - would be the new kampung, as we are the main house now.

After dinner, it would be catch up over beer and tidbits, and also long cousinly chats into the night with a background of fireworks. I normally stay up till midnight to literally usher in the new year.

The next morning, we (very single and very available young adults) go through the ritual of receiving angpau packets from the elders before enjoying a plentiful vegetarian breakfast. 

There is also tangyuan or glutinous rice balls, symbolising reunion and not to forget the endless supply of cookies and Chinese New Year delicacies of sorts!

The first day of Chinese New Year is never complete without a trip to the Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields. Every year, we come to pay our respect, give offerings and receive blessings for a peaceful and healthful year ahead.

Here is to wishing everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财,新年快乐!

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