To every Chinese person on the planet, the Lunar New Year is a time of great feasting.
There is no such thing as going to a relative’s house and not eating some form of meal or snack and one generally tends to leave feeling absolutely stuffed to the brim. In my current state, I am practically rolling out the front door and back to the car before moving along to the next house. Rinse, repeat.
And as tiresome as all the effort of visiting may seem before the holiday starts, the actual act of going along and making the effort to carry on traditions actually makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It is nice to catch up with cousins, to see the aunts and uncles and just be a part of something you know has been happening for years. I imagined Little O’s first year and who she’d be able to play with and it made me feel like I’d like to try and make more of an effort next year of decorating the house, just so she has some customs to follow in the future.
Each year, we visit my father’s half-brother on the second day of Chinese New Year. It used to be such a crowded affair and the entire Lee clan would cram into the three-room flat. These days, there’s only a handful of us but I’m glad that Hubba and I still get to be a part of the celebration. Ji Mm cooks up a storm in her magic kitchen, whipping up THE best Teochew cuisine ever known to mankind. I have never ever come across a restaurant that does these dishes better than she does. Amazing. The hubs is not even Teochew but he has rated it the best meal of the entire New Year celebration – And that’s competing with his mum’s yu sheng and my mum’s famous cabbage soup. No mean feat!!
I can’t wait for next CNY – It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the family interact with the new addition :)
More pix under the cut.