Happy Chinese New Year!!
At my parents’ place every year he does this ceremony offering to his dad. You noticed the large altar are set up with varieties of foods and fruits, sweets and items that his dad liked when he was still alive.
For the past couple years chinese new year celebration with many of relatives traveing from outer states become less and less because our relatives do celebrate with their extended families. We only celebrate with my siblings and their spouses and we didn’t have nine course meals. We have some tradition food like fried tofu cut in bar of gold represent wealth and prosperity, noodle soup for longevity, fried rice paddy stuffed with pork and mung bean also for longevity. My brother favors sweet and source chickens and fermented mustard green “som pak got”, roast duck, pork, chickens and missing is my food being prepare som tum mag hung and sticky rice.Dad with his red envelops, instead being received the red envelop now is the opposite. He gets the red envelops.
Simple desert, what was offering at the altar we can eat . Fruits mostly, sweet rice ball stuffs with mung bean, cookies and cakes most of us stick with fruits. We know for the next fifteen days we will be eating more of the sweets and more heavy meals.
Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!!
Kong Hei Fat Choi