It’s two day’s late but I still want to greet all of you, GO XING FA CAI!
Like last year, our family decided to watch the New Year’s count down on TV while also celebrating at home. Quite ironic considering that there nary was any trace of being Chinese in our family. Our eyes are deep-set and round, and our complexions are tanned and our hair are thick and unruly — far from the silky and soft.
But we want to be one with the many Filipino-Chinese families all over the Philippines celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Water Snake – so we bought sticky rice cakes, long life noodles, had eight types of fruits on our table and even had a plate of white rice strewn with coins on the table. We’re kinda a very superstitious family and nothing can stand in our way when it comes to chasing a dose of good feng shui.
The next day (the first day of the New Year), I dragged the unsuspecting husband to Binondo, Manila (the site of the oldest Chinese settlement anywhere in the world and currently called Manila Chinatown) in order to witness first hand the various celebrations of the New Year.
It was truly a sight to behold: colorful yet steeped in tradition and pageantry.
Happy Chinese New Year! I wish you luck, love and eternal joy in the Year of the Water Snake!