Chinese New Year

This year, I decided to partake in the Chinese New Year celebrations. I'm pretty lucky that Sydney has a strong Chinese community, so the festivities are still very much alive. I got to watch the lion dance, toss to good fortune with a beautiful, colourful plate of Yusheng (sashimi salad)... and got to relive the taste of my childhood with a old favourite sweet treat - dragon beard candy. It has been over a decade since I've properly celebrated Chinese New Year, and it had never really bothered me. But this year, it just occurred to me that if I didn't learn to appreciate the festivities, then surely the chances of my unborn children (and husband, Stu) learning about Chinese traditions is practically nil.

Which means they will miss out on the reunion dinners, red packets, traditional Chinese new year dishes, time with family . They won't even begin to understand the significance of "Shou Ye", which is the practice of staying up all night so one's parents will live a long and fruitful life, nor the significance of "Ren Ri", celebrated on the 7th day of the Lunar new year, also known as everyone's birthday; the day when everyone grows one year older.


I have too many wonderful childhood memories of Chinese New Year to let this all go. Perhaps it is recent wedding celebrations, or perhaps it is age (which I prefer to call it maturity) that has resulted in a deeper appreciation for traditions. Whatever it is, I intend to keep celebrating for years to come.

13 Responses to Chinese New Year

eat my shorts said...

I think maturity definitely has a part to play in wanting to keep up with family (and cultural) traditions. I think it's lovely that you're able to share them with your husband and hopefully with your future family as well! :)

DiamondsandTulle said...

yes! I think it's definitely something we learn to appreciate as we mature. If we don't keep up traditions, how can we hope that the future generations will appreciate and enjoy it as well? I agree with you (and learned a couple of things in this post too!)

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Jessa Belle said...

Agreed, traditions become much more appreciated as the years go by and you start to have more of an opinion on which ones really matter to you!

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Anita said...

Happy Chinese New Year :)
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Hi! I am LiLi! said...

Happy Chinese New Year, Trish and to Stu as well.

Lavender Playground said...

happy chinese new year!

I love the traditional Chinese new year and was sad that I was not able to have one this year

blondebenedicte said...

oh thank you, too kindly, really! :)

btw, NICE pics and happy chinese new year :P
bisous xxx

Wendy Sice said...

Oh, yes, stay with the traditions, they are what will make your family unique. Great pics! xx

rolala said...

I didn't really appreciate traditions as much when I was younger either but it's a such a vital element of the Chinese culture that has a real value and should be preserved. It's nice that there's a vibrant Chinese community that you can share this with Stu and your kids in the future.

anurbanexplorer said...

Im chinese and ive never had dragon beard candy before. WHERE HAS MY CHILDHOOD GONE?! lol

glad you had a great new years!

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Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I think it's a really good idea and important for any family to keep traditions alive and pass them on to our children. You're absolutely right though: recognising this does take a certain maturity. Glad you enjoyed the traditional New Year's celebrations xo

Shoko said...

Wonderful photos! Happy happy new year!

Bree said...

I've always found Chinese traditions quite interesting! I totally support you on the whole embracing ones culture. :)

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