What are your first memories of Lunar New Year?
“To me, Lunar New Year is feasting with family and friends. My first memories of Lunar New Year are of covering my ears while firecrackers go off in my grandmother’s neighborhood, lion dancing, lots of red and gold paper decor, memorising New Year greetings to say to elders in order to receive red envelopes, and my mum taking all of said red envelopes from me at the end of the day.”
How does your family celebrate New Year?
“It’s been a few years since my family were all together for Lunar New Year, but I remember we would always have whole steamed fish on New Year’s eve. Fish is a homophone for surplus in Mandarin, and a symbolism for wealth and prosperity. We had to make sure to not eat all of the whole fish, so there will be ongoing ‘surplus’ in the coming year. I also remember my grandfather always frantically doing a big clean before Lunar New Year, because cleaning during New Year celebrations is considered sweeping the good luck away.”