Kicking off the year of the dragon

Today is the last day of the public holidays for Chinese New Year.  Some friends dropped in today to say hello, but had to leave before long because it’s back to work tomorrow.  But the fireworks are still going off at intervals outside.

Here’s a photo from 除夕 (Chinese New Year’s Eve), which is a big feast night for families here.  We had a lovely gathering at the Pearl Family Garden, and Tera showed everyone how to make these cool paper fish using the red envelopes that people use to give money gifts to kids at this time of year.

Fish have special significance at CNY because the Chinese word for fish (魚 – yu) sounds exactly like the Chinese word for abundance (餘).  Everyone has fish during CNY dinners in hopes that every new year will be one of plenty.  There are lots of fun food puns and word wishes like that.  Like pistachios, another popular CNY snack.  In Chinese, they’re called 開心果, which is literally, “happy fruit.”

It was the first time we’ve done CNY Eve at the Pearl.  My mom was even there, and fried up the traditional rice cakes with one of the gals.  So nice to see everyone laughing and treating one another like family.  Went home with a very thankful heart that night.

Happy dragon year, everyone!

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