Happy Chinese New Year!
It’s not too late to say it because traditionally it’s a 15-day celebration. Crazy, huh? Nowadays, people don’t really do that because they have to get back to work after the third day or so.
Basically the preparation for the Chinese New Year (CNY) is marked by ‘Spring cleaning’ when every nook and cranny needs to be cleaned out, at least according to my mom’s definition. In CNY’s eve, families gather around a table for a big meal. Fireworks and firecrackers also join the celebration, breaking the silence of the sky. I loved Chinese New Year when I was little because I got to wear everything new from hair clips to new shoes. ^_^ Adults, particularly women, got extremely busy preparing cakes, drinks, and snacks for the guests. It was a once-a-year thing that no one wanted to miss. Well, I think people are still like that now…
A friend who hasn’t celebrated CNY in our hometown, Singkawang, came this year. She was surprised how the new year’s goodies are no longer just ordinary cakes and cookies People now are very creative, and almost every year they come up with new things. In some people’s houses, guests can enjoy satay, bakso (beef meatball soup), and rissoles. But the must-haves are still kue keranjang (年糕), kue lapis (layer cake) and pineapple tarts.
For some years, there has been a home-decorating contest held every CNY in Singkawang. I’m not sure about what the winning criteria or the prizes are, but some residents tried to put up their best decorations and lights. Some are good, and some are a little bit too much. My friend speculated that the home which has rabbit traditional orchestra will win again this year. Yup, it’s gonna win again because it has won the competition several times.The rabbits can move a little bit when some music is played from the CD.
So, for those of you who want to experience the Chinese New Year spirit, I invite you to come to Singkawang (I may not be at home though). For those of you, Singkawang-ers who are living somewhere else and can’t be back for the new year, I hope this post can somehow relieve your homesickness.
Hope this year you are blessed even more!