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!
giving my beloved grandpa a kiss, as you could see, the garden is filled with colorful plants and kamquats to ring in the new year. It bugs me that I did not inherite is "tall" gene, an 80 years old man need to stoop because he is taller than me...but I am glad to say my sets of my grandsparents are not hunched in old age, so I should not hunch in the future too
a platter of sweet goodies to serve guests who dropped by to offer their well wishes for the new year
traditional turnip, taro, and brown sugar puddings that are sliced and fried and eaten after a big meal with tea as friends and family sit around chit chatting
maids are busy in the kitchen serving up giant platter of sumptious foods to ring in the new year
on my mom's side, my grandma insist of cooking the entire meal to be enjoyed with my uncles, aunts, and cousins. My grandma is a great cook, my mom did not inherit it, but I am glad to say that special gene has crossed generation and passed down to me, hahaha
little decorations and plants to make the home more festive and colorful
yuppers, little pretzel is offered red packets of money; my grandparents get such thrills when he bounced on 2 hind legs and his 2 front legs seem to be doing a "gong xi" action, but really, he's just begging for food