Posted: February 8, 2016, 2:22pm
Last night, my entire family and a bunch of friends got together to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest reunion holidays in our culture, at my uncle’s house. During this time of year, everything we do is centered on spending time with family, eating great food, and wishing everyone good fortune and happiness. The past week, my mom cleaned the entire house and decorated it with many red posters, flowers, and chocolates wrapped in gold foil. For dinner, we had many Chinese delicacies, like abalone, drunken chicken, and roasted pig.
Before we all left for the night, the older married couples gave the younger family members red paper envelopes to sleep on. Known has “lai see” or “hong bao”, the ones given on New Year’s Eve are placed in pillows for good luck and prosperity. On the day of Chinese New Year, the kids go around to all of their elders to wish them good wishes, like long life and happiness, to receive another round of envelopes. Today, since I am far from many of my own family members, I will be calling non-stop to give these wishes. Enjoy this year of the monkey everyone! Monkeys are the best 😉
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