Chinese New Year 2019
5th February 209
The year of the PIG!
February 5th 2019 is Chinese New Year; For Chinese, those in China and in ethnic communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Chinese families from near and far would travel and to be with loved ones to end the old year and welcome the new.
As for my family, we will kick start the celebration with our new years’ eve steamboat – where we have an array of raw and marinated ingredients to dip into the simmering stock, sitting around the table, and a hot pot of soup simmering in the middle of the table. The big pot is surrounded by an array of pre-marinated fresh raw ingredients, such as prawns, calamari, meat, vegetables etc.
And on Chinese New Year day, which is today, we will give our children (the unmarried ones) a red packet each to wish them good luck, good health and prosperity for the new year. Back in Malaysia, it is a custom for the younger generations to visit and pay respect to the elderly relatives., however we do not practice this ritual in Australia, but we will make the effort to connect with relatives and friends all over the world via phone calls nowadays via the social media and free internet calls.
No matter where you are in the world, wishing you and family a Happy Chinese New Year. May the year of the pig brings you and family happiness, health and prosperity.
Have a Happy Chinese New Year!