Q: What comes after Christmas and New Year?
A: Chinese New Year.
Yayyyy! We get to visit relatives👴👵👨👩👧👦, collect red packets filled with money from them💰, and tuck into scrumptious delights 🍰🍊🍚🍜🥢. However, Chinese New Year does not consist of good stuff only.
In this post, I will be discussing all or just 3 Chinese New Year Problems.
“How old are you now?”
“What school are you in?”
“Wow, you are so tall already!”
These questions and comments are just a small part of the parcel of interview questions relatives have in store for you. Countless relatives will come asking all the same questions and to different people. Don’t get me wrong, these questions are good because it shows they care about you and it gives you something to do. But too many of the same and sometimes the wrong questions can tire you out.
Too much food
Although food plays a major positive part in CNY, sometimes they can be overwhelming as well. From the countless jars of cookies to the dishes of steaming hot food, overeating becomes a big issue. Sometimes, having too many reunion lunches and dinners can be wearisome as well. Honestly, how much can you eat in a day?? Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, it’s almost always the same food unless it’s home cooked.
Nothing (and too much) to do
Chinese New Year is often associated with hustle and bustle. However, the hustle and bustle only consists of the adults preparing. If the kids tried to help, they might get shooed away because of lack of space, or too many people around, or there are already enough people handling the preparations. This leaves the children with nothing to do, thus resulting in everyone looking at screens. Be it an iPad, handphone, TV, computer, XBox or anything else, children no longer socialise with each other through boardgames or simple conversation and instead turn to these gadgets for entertainment.
Then after the preparations are completed, there is wayyy too much to do! From eating reunion meals, to visiting relatives and then more eating… Phew! What a handful of things to do! You might find yourself longing for a good night’s rest before 11 pm.
Despite all of these problems and disadvantages of CNY, I still love it. It’s a way of the Chinese life, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you learned something new!
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? Learned anything new?