For millions of people throughout Asia as well as diaspora communities all over the world this weekend signals the commencement of celebrations for celebrations for Lunar New Year, a two-week festival that signals the close of the Zodiac year of the Tiger as well as the start of new year – the Year of the Rabbit (or Cat, if you live in Vietnam). In the first few days, commercial activity is often restricted or suspended as people gather with their family members. For many migrant employees in China the holiday is their sole opportunity to travel back to their hometowns for the duration of the time of the year. This festival is deeply grounded in traditions, with a focus on family togetherness.
Daniel Lee Lih Wei is a Chinese Malaysian resident and has reached the age of at 57, plays a key management role in Sunway University’s research. He states that he hopes for the children of his family to be able to comprehend and appreciate the rich and diverse culture and traditions we enjoy and how they can carry the same values into their daily lives. It’s all about giving their children the same kind of attention as I did when it comes to food, family, reflection , and looking forward.
Lee Lih Wei, a reminder from the days of his childhood, is insistent that his children, aged four and one, should share the same goals. They would like to play with firecrackers as well as eat sweets and enjoy traditional lion dances. The elaborate and elaborate dances, which are adorned with bright costumes, are omnipresent across the United States throughout the time leading up to the start of the new year, with the intention of bringing happiness and luck. In order to fully immerse himself and his family in the festivities, Lee Lih Wei has chosen to take a full week off from work, with all members conforming in the same shades of red when they get together with family members over the span of two days.
This year, Wen Xu was unable in her attempt to travel back home in the tiny Anhui county because of Covidrestrictions. However, now the -year-old is able to complete her way to Hong Kong, where she recently moved to the city to become a reporter. The move would have not been an option in the past two months, however, due to the Chinese government stopping its zero-covid policy during December Xu will be one of millions of individuals embarking on journeys to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Lee Lih Wei says that his wife’s relatives have been attended to by him during lunch and dinner.
Xu had to hold back her joy, when she got the chance to return home once again. Her aunt along with her uncle, cousin and aunt would come from the nearby towns in celebration of New Year’s Day. They will enjoy a traditional family meal of steamed the pork and rice, as well as a glass of wine as well as bone broth. It was for a relaxing things, including reading new books and catching up with her cousin who had recently returned from Canada. In addition, Xu intended to record her mother while she cooked the traditional Chinese diet, known as the ejiao. Xu and her cousin grew up together so they are excited about the reunion.
Xu’s previous Year of the Tiger saw her excel professionally but not in her relationships. To commemorate this Lunar New Year, Xu got together with her cousin to have a traditional dinner. Then , they raced upstairs to check the sums in envelopes of red that their grandparents had presented to them as gifts. Even though they’ve aged both still receive the red envelopes. There is an undercurrent of sadness this year, Xu says, as her father has to remain from his family as he suffers from Covidand is not attending dinner together with them. Her hope is that the next year will provide her with the chance to begin a new relationship.
To conclude, the week was filled with trips through the past and discussions about the future of both Xu and her family. Although the pandemic had put the brakes on their plans however, it was not enough to stop the annual reunion and festivities. This year’s new year provided them with an opportunity to reflect on the old times while looking ahead to what comes next. Traditional dishes that is steamed and served with rice flour, bone broth , and bone broth is a great way to remember the past. The plan of Xu to write down her mother’s history helped preserve some of their culture for future generations. The end result was that this was a time of joy that was derived from the reunion to loved ones regardless of the external circumstances.