One of the best things about being an Oriental is annually celebrating Chinese New Year. CNY, also known as Lunar New Year or the Chinese Spring Festival, is recognized as the most significant holiday among all Chinese festivals.
CNY lasts for the first fifteen days of the Chinese lunar calendar, which on the Gregorian calendar begins sometime between January 21 and February 21, varying from year to year.
As for this year, CNY is celebrated from February 8 to 22. CNY celebration, just like Thanksgiving, includes decorations, parades, folk traditions, and a wonderful family feast. (If you want to know more about CNY, you can always click here to find out more.)
Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of being with my family in Malaysia this year due to the expensive air fares and having a four month old baby, who I am hesitant to take on a long haul flight. Feeling the anguish of homesickness, there was nothing much I could do besides recreating the atmosphere of CNY in the US.
So instead of enduring an exhausting 30-hour journey to the other side of the world, we decided to do as much CNY stuff as we could right here at home.
Here are some of the pictures of how we brought CNY to the western world.
- We patronized an authentic Chinese restaurant downtown twice in a span of three days. We had dinner on the Friday before CNY and dim sum brunch on the eve of CNY.
- We introduced Yee Sang (rainbow salad) to our friends and family. Not only that, we taught them how to toss the salad together and wish each other words of prosperity and blessings.
- We opened our home for CNY gatherings (dinner parties) and served yummy Malaysian Chinese food to our guests. Can I get a hooray for Bak Kut Teh (herbal pork ribs)?
- We visited our good friends in Pennsylvania and expanded our bellies at a Malaysian restaurant in Philly.
- Besides enjoying good company and good food, we also got to see a lion dance unexpectedly at a Dim Sum restaurant in downtown Philly.
Most importantly, we had enjoyed each and every day throughout the 15 days of Chinese New Year with our loved ones.
We definitely can’t wait for next CNY to visit my parents, my brother, both my grandmothers, and all my dearest relatives and friends that we dearly miss.