Happy Chinese New Year for those who celebrate it tonight!
It’s already been the 17th years after the day is allowed for celebration after 32 years New Order regime. This year is called year of monkey (tahun monyet, or colloquially called Lebaran Monyet). The temples are full of people who want to pray and wish for better and full of prosperity year from now and on. It’s similar to every new years’ in the world. The similar thing is new expectations and resolutions. Visiting relatives especially who live far away is also part of the new year, gather in one’s home especially the eldest sibling (much alike Idul Fitri, then), and what the youngsters and singles wait is….angpao! (money envelop). Red coloured and surely filled with some amount of money. Sweets are also everywhere including mini bamboos, flowers, oranges, dragon fruits and also grapefruit (we call here as Jeruk Bali/Literally Balinese Orange), sticky basket cake, dodol and…open house is a must!
I spent my Chinese new year holiday (in my workplace it lasts 5 days!) this morning by walking around with a friend at Tangerang’s Chinatown (Pasar Lama). We spent our time for sightseeing and also enjoying the moment (though we don’t celebrate it) in Boen Tek Bio temple and took some videos for the season greetings in Mandarin and Cantonese (I am still learning and do not laugh about it hehehe). But I share it in my facebook page and I don’t know how to paste those videos in WordPress..
For all who celebrate it, I just wanna say :
新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè – Sin nin fai lok
過年好 Guònián hǎo – Guo nin hou
謝謝 / 多謝