The Chinese New Year celebration, to many, is synonymous with red packets, a table full of good food, and overeating. I’ve got to admit that I belong in that group too. However, this year, before the commotion of the festivities began, I took a moment to think about why we do what we do on Chinese New Year? Why do we dress up in nice clothes and go visit families and have reunion dinners with abundance on the table?
The New Year is a time for thanksgiving. We give thanks for, not only the big blessings we got to experience, but the small blessings too. Whether it’s the additional amount of red packets we’re able to give out because of a promotion or a financial stability we’ve received or maybe for an extra red packet for a new family member.
This has been a tradition in my family since I can remember. I have been doing this since I was a child. My mother has been doing the same, and her mother before her has done it also. Even as the years go by and the world changes, we try to keep these traditions alive by handing it down through the generations. It’s a good reminder of what is truly important in life: it’s not the matter of what we have in life, but whom we have beside us on this journey.