Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lunar 15th of the month: Yuan Xiao Jie 元宵节

Hi everyone, how is your Chinese New Year?

In a blink of an eye, we had come to the 15th day of the first lunar month which was also known as Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节). Yuan Xiao Jie marked the end of our Chinese New Year celebration. On this special day, I had a great family gathering with my relatives.

Not sure if this happens to you too, but for me, Chinese New Year seems like the only period where I had gathering with relatives. In these days, everybody is busy with their own stuffs and we hardly find the time for any family outings or visits. And Chinese New Year become the only time where everyone will come together and communicate with actions. Maintaining strong family ties is important, they are the ones that will always be there for you when you need them.

One thing I had noticed during this Chinese New Year between the older and younger generations:
For the older generations like my parents, uncles and aunts, they were so happy to see each other when they met and had endless topics to chat about. Whereas for the younger generation, throughout the house visits, their eyes were fixed on the phones.

This make me realised how scary the world has become.Though technology has greatly improved our lives and standard of living, but it is also reducing the opportunity for face-to-face contact with people. I remembered how I used to look forward to Chinese New Year when I was young, where we eat, laugh, and play together. Now I am missing the old good times, I need to get myself more engaged in family involvement.

All right, enough of the talking, let's go back to my Yuan Xiao Jie:

Went to my cousin's house early that day because my parents wanted to go over and play mahjong.
While the adults were playing mahjong, bro and I were playing car racing.

I am a noob at car racing.
Next game, please.

Yong had this DJ set at his home.
 Yes, I wanna try this.

With just a click, his room had instantly evolved into a party spot. 
How awesome is this?

Learning from Yong on how to master the gear and mix like a DJ.

Say "hey" everyone, DJ Shuqing in the house.
Let DJ Shuqing play it all night.

Hmmm, why are there so many people gathering at the table?

Oh, it's a gambling den.
Place your bet now. 
Big or small? Odd or even?

4, 2, 1.
Small ar.

Wow, see how much the banker already earned.

Time for dinner.

I did not have lunch today, so I had more for dinner. Hehe..

My last lou-hei of the year.

May good luck always be with us. Huat ar!

Finally the adults left the mahjong table for dinner, we had the chance to take over now.
See my winning tiles. I got a "Xiao San Yuan".

Steady right?

We played "in between" too.

Hope you don't see us as gambling addict, this only happen once in a year.
New year brings in new luck.

May 2013 be a prosperity and abundance year for us. Huat ar!


  1. A late Happy 元宵节 wish to you. May the year of Snake a good year for you!

  2. @ Luporti: Thanks, hope you have a good snake year too.



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