Chinese New Year is just around the corner - I think Sunday and Monday this week. Singapore is like 80% ethnic Chinese so this is a big deal. I still don't know too much about the holiday, but I do know it is the one time of year when families travel back to see their parents and relatives. Well, I get to make my own pilgramage back to the States for Chinese New Year :).
I'm going home for work, but I still get a couple of weekends with family and friends. I leave tomorrow and am packing tonight. I've made my list ready of things to pick and up and bring back home with me. Some of these include a new hair straightener, deodorant, granola bars and a dvd player.
Chinese New Year may be better than Christmas, the commercial Christmas that is. Everyone gives mandarin oranges and pineapple tarts/cookies. These both sound good to me :) and don't seem as un-healthy as cookies and pies. The whole family gets to spend time together (yes, this could be bad as well I suppose). There are fireworks! Red envelopes with money are given instead of presents - isn't it always easier to just give money?? You can't clean in order to make sure you don't wipe away the good luck of the new year. Good for me - I know I hate cleaning. You get two public holidays in a row, not one week apart like Christmas and New Year's. The day moves around every year based on the lunar calendar - so those born near the New Year, may not be so near the next year.
Of course I am missing the local Singapore celebrations, which is a bit of a bummer, and I have no pics to share. I think it would a fun experience to see all the festivities. I hear the crowds are shoulder to shoulder. I'm also sure there is a lot more to learn about the traditions; but I'll have to take that up next year.
However, I do have another Singapore scout who will be out and about to experience the CNY it all its glory. I'm sure she'll have great re-caps and pics on her blog if you want to check it out: http://asianredhead.wordpress.com/.
*Do you remember how I went to Italy a couple years ago? I went to visit a friend and his sister is here studying in Singapore for a semester. I'm a bit jealous as she's only been here since January and already had lots of adventures!
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