New lunar year brings merriment, hope

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

CHINESE New Year is a season for reunion, a chance to reconnect with family and friends said members of the Chinese community to The Brunei Times.

“Chinese New Year is the time where most of my family sit down and have their meals together, enjoy and visit friends from all around,” said Brendan Ti.

The 19-year-old physics major studying at Universiti Brunei Darussalam said that every year his relatives would come over to visit them for Chinese New Year to enjoy a family dinner.

“I live with my grandma and on the first day of Chinese New Year, me, my mum and my grandma wake up at 5am and prepare the ingredients, cook and serve traditional dishes for dinner,” added Ti.

Ti said that his favourite part of the festive season was watching the lion dance performances.

“It’s not every day you hear the melodic drums with hardworking people controlling the lion and performing to put smiles on everyone’s faces especially the young ones,” said Ti.

Meanwhile for a 31-year-old father who works as a senior insurance planner, Chinese New Year is a time to make a fresh start.

“Chinese New Year to me is a reset button. A chance to start fresh again,” said the senior insurance planner.

He added that he would take the time to get some rest and to catch up with families and friends.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people whom we (him and his family) have not caught up for the past year. Especially classmates who are all busy with their own lives and families,” said the father.

For some, it is a time to share the happiness and merriment that the festive season brings.

“Chinese New Year is the time of year for me to get to know my family members and friends a little better as we celebrate together for a better upcoming year,” said Kevin Goh, a 23 year old electrical engineer.

“What I look forward to every year is that we will decorate our houses with all kinds of red coloured ornaments and beautiful lanterns as red symbolises goodness, joy and prosperity in our Chinese culture,” he said.

Meanwhile, others like Gerald Goh will return to their hometown to reunite with family members who live in a different region or country.

The 34-year-old said that his family would make a trip back to his father’s hometown in Melaka, Malaysia for the Chinese New Year.

“For the first few days, we routinely revisit places of significance where my dad would tell stories of my grandparents,” said the electrical engineer.

For Gerald, Chinese New Year is about spending time with friends and relatives and to catch up with them about their lives.

“Like every other Chinese New Year, I look forward to my parents reuniting with their siblings,” added Gerald.

According to the Chinese calendar, this Lunar New Year will welcome the Year of the Monkey.

The Brunei Times