Growing up and raised in Canada, Christmas in my favorite holiday, but CNY (Chinese New year) comes very close to my favorite too; especially now that I am living in Hong Kong, OMG, the spirit and the excitement for the holiday is so thick and palpable, I cannot help but be just as excited and looking forward to it.
The CNY holiday is a time for family members to mingle and sit together and enjoy each other’s company, I am usually bored sitting and waiting for lunch to be served because my grandparents, relatives, and their friends will be busy enjoying their games of mah jong, and I will just be sitting around wondering when lunch will be served or why I dropped by earlier that I should…hees. Since last year, I started bringing little Pretzel along for these family reunions, since I am not married, I am given red envelopes of money, and since my grandparents love my dog to death, they will also give him red envelopes of money!
All $$bling bling$$ aside, because my grandparents are around and it is a very important holiday and tradition to them, their house would be decorated and you could really feel the holiday spirit during this special and festive time. The maids will be busy in the kitchen preparing a giant lunch to serve over 20+ guests, and I will see my grandparents smiling and beaming so much their eyes are practically closed. I tried scheduling my out-of-town holidays either before or after the CNY just to see my grandpa’s happy smile, the joy and happiness he feels during the holiday is written all over his face and I feel very special to be a part of that.
As I am writing and posting pictures of the special holiday from last year, I feel very excited and looking forward to the big holiday, which is happening in a little over 2 weeks! On Feb 3rd of 2011, the Chinese will ring in the year of the Rabbit!