Today’s the eve of the lunar new year. Many shops and offices are closed at midday. Everyone is excited about having a long weekend of visiting relatives, feasting and relaxing.
In the run-up to this festival, most Chinese families would have done their spring cleaning, bought new clothes, stocked up on their favorite new year snacks (my favorite part of CNY!), stood in long lines at the bank to get crisp new bank notes (not my favorite part), filled red packets with lucky money to be given out to the little ones, bought auspicious kumquat plants or sprigs of plum blossoms to decorate their homes and labored over the stove preparing the reunion dinner for tonight. Phew, that’s a lot of work!
Luckily,this evening, I didn’t have to cook dinner so, on the spur of the moment, we decided to go check out the fantastic horsey decorations and soak in the atmosphere in Chinatown.
Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Horse!