Hehe… it’s the eve of lunar new year! And according to Chinese customs, family members will rush home in the evening – regardless of how busy they are, for a reunion dinner.

Of course, this traditional custom has started to fade in recent years, as families start working overseas, away from the rest of the extended family; which could be fuelled by the demise of an elderly – who is usually the backbone of unity for the families of their children to gather on this day.

I remembered that when I was a child, I always look foward to this day because that meant being able to meet the rest of my long-lost cousins whom I have lost touch for the rest of the previous year. However, after the demise of my grand-dad, we stopped gathering and reunion dinner is just my parents and myself. Sometimes, after dinner, my mum will go to her mum’s place for an evening of lachacha

It is also tradition for nucleus families to return for reunion dinner with the paternal family of the nucleus, so I would always return to my paternal grandparents’ place for dinner. A meal with the maternal family is always done on the first or second day of the lunar new year. So, is it ever possible for an extended family of sons and daughters to come together?

Well, yes, eventually. My paternal extended family usually come together on the 7th day, or the first weekend after the lunar new year, which ever comes first. This sorts of ensures that there is enough time for everyone to get together.

Tomorrow, which is the first day of the lunar new year, I will write about some habits and traditions of chinese families in Singapore. 🙂

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