02 February, 2011

365 Days Of Memory : Day 33 - Reunion Dinner

"Gong Hey Fatt Choy" to all the people around the globe who is celebrating Lunar Chinese New Year. It seems I like to greet people with this phrases this year.

How is everybody's reunion dinner?? I did had a bountiful reunion dinner tonight. Let me share a bit about how my new year eve like. As you can see the above diagram : (Gosh!! It took me few hours to combine these photos into one, since I just learned it and this is my second product of combining photos) But still not bad, huh :D

Grapefruit Leaves For Shower : I believe that in most Chinese families still practicing this custom so did my family either. Which some grapefruit leaves taken and boil, and the-after-boiled water been used to cleanse their body. The Chinese peoples believe that, by doing this act, it will washed away all the bad luck that they gained in previous year and bring good luck to them in the coming year.

Reunion Dinner : A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve of the Chinese New Year, which family members get together to celebrate. As for my family, we used to have our reunion dinner in one of my auntie's house. And we used to have two tables (The first table were seated by the elders, and the second were seated by the younger generations like us.) This year, dad had cooked us additional Crispy Duck dish.

Tang Yuan : Tang Yuan is a Chinese food made from glutinous flour. Glutinous rice flour is mixed with a small amount of water to form balls and is then cooked and served in boiling water. Tang Yuan can be either small or large, and filled or unfilled. They are traditionally eaten during Yuan Xiao, or the Lantern Festival. For many Chinese families in mainland China as well as overseas, Tang Yuan is usually eaten together with family. The round shape of the balls and the bowls where they are served, come to symbolize the family togetherness. At the same time, cousins bought a cheese cake either. Ghee!!! Tang Yuan eat with cheese cake what a fatty combination.

Firecrackers : According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn't attack any more people. One time, people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozhu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu's mount. Aha....!!! This is my two nephews and amongst of our cousins' favorite moment. It did bring us back to our time when firecrackers has not been banned yet. Now our younger generations only managed to play with fireworks but no more firecrackers for them like we used to play in our time. We were lucky though, we could see somebody is putting up some sky lanterns as well. It's my first time to see so many sky lanterns in one time, they were just like a bunch of fireflies. It's so beautiful.

Red Envelopes : Red envelopes are mainly presented at social and family gatherings such as the Lunar Chinese New Year. Red envelopes are handed out to younger generations by their parents, grandparents, relatives and even close neighbors and friends during Chinese New Year. And tonight, we got ours either :D

I'm hereby, wishing all my friends and my readers out there,

"GONG HEY FATT CHOY"

And may the year of "Rabbit" will bring all of us a bountiful blessings.

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