Saturday, January 28, 2006


Tomorrow's Chinese New Year

and although the CNY is celebrated for 15 days (yippee!!), the new year's eve is especially poignant because every family member is supposed to come home to the parents' and have a new year's eve reunion dinner together. Those working and studying in other states would make a trip back home in time for dinner.

I still remember all those years while I was at the university ( that would be around 9 years in all ), where I would have to catch a plane or long distance bus back home or even drive 8 hours when I was working as an intern in another state, and several times, dinner had already started by the time I managed to get home.

This would be the third year I would be missing Chinese New Year with my family in Malaysia and I guess there's a kinda lump in my heart. Us children would be helping to decorate and clean the house, and I would have CNY music playing in the background. It would be a time of much laughter and joy and I know my parents enjoyed all the hustle and bustle in the house. When we were much younger, I remember helping my mom and grandmother prepare cookies and cakes in anticipation of all the friends and family who would come visit in those 15 days. In fact, for some relatives, that would be the ONLY time we would ever get to see them!

Today, with all sorts of thoughts and memories playing in my mind, I woke up early, got the fish, spring chicken and pork out of the freezer to thaw and proceeded to get ready to prepare a Chinese New Year Eve dinner for David and I. Let's see how it all works out... I hope I make my grandmother, the excellent cook, proud!!

Will try to post some pictures BEFORE dinner tonight!

Traditional Chinese New Year Food

* Lotus seed - Chinese food signifies having many male offspring
* Ginkgo nut - represents silver ingots
* Black moss seaweed - is a homonym for exceeding in wealth
* Dried bean curd is another homonym for fulfillment of wealth and happiness
* Bamboo shoots - is a term which sounds like "wishing that everything well"
* Eggs - fertility
* Egg Rolls - wealth
* Fish served whole - prosperity
* Lychee nuts - close family ties
* Noodles - A long life
* Oranges - wealth
* Peanuts - a long life
* Tangerines - luck

Maybe next year I'll get to drag David home to Malaysia and celebrate CNY at home :)


SooHK said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai......

Jaxon S said...

Happy New Year...

Larko said...

Happy New year, Letti! It is the end of my year because I am a rooster. But I will still be around. ;)

makuahine said...

Question then - what about married couples, whose house do they go to? The husband's family, the wife's family, or do they split up???

letti said...

well, my sister's married, and she spends her new year's eve and the first day at her in law's. Then, she comes over to my dad's house and spends the next few days there. I think there're some couples that go to each other's parents' homes on alternate years...

TR said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

May the Year of the Dog bless you with happiness and prosperity, Letti.

If you do make it down to Malaysia next year, please try to squeeze a trip to Singapore. Would love to meet up with ya *grin*

Trish R

JosephDP said...

May the year of the dog bring happiness and everyhting good in life.

My partner just posted events around the Bay Area. Other than your CNY eve feast, how are you planning to celebrate this year?

Thao said...

I'm sure your CNY feast with David was so great, he can't wait to make the trip next year. I wanted dim sum but all the restaurants were so busy. But at least got to see my mom, aunts, uncles and grandparents.