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新年快乐! (pronounced: sshin-nyen kwhy-ler) Happy Lunar new year everyone! It’s the year of the ox. I hope you had a great time. In Chinese culture, the festival marks the end of the winter and the beginning of spring. A new start of the season.
For those who don’t know, I’m actually of Chinese descent, I was born and raised in the Netherlands, but both of my parents are Chinese immigrants. Where I live, Lunar New Year doesn’t get celebrated. Even in my family, we don’t really celebrate it as elaborate as most people. Just a nice at-home dinner with the family (usually hotpot and noodles) and we give each other red envelopes filled with money. That’s it. No lanterns or dancing dragons. We’re not that big on holidays in general. Also, most of our family lives far away from us, so we can’t really do a big celebration.
I guess you can say that these are my holiday traditions? We’re not that big on traditions. Although they’re small, we’ve been doing this every year and I like that. As an anxious, introverted person, I like that we keep it small. Parties can be very mentally draining to me.
On a more serious note, I want to shed light on something that gets practically forgotten by the media, and that is the rising racism against Asians. For years Asians have been ridiculed, just for their appearance and our language and no one said anything about it. But now with Covid, that has turned into violent hate crimes and it really angers me. In frustrating times like this, people are always looking for someone to blame, while they’re doing nothing to actually fix the problem. Please try and be kind to each other and stay safe.
However you celebrate it, I hope this year will be prosperous and I wish you a happy and safe Lunar new year!