Once again, on the 10th of February, I had the opportunity to start into a new year, this time into the Chinese year. In honour of this occasion my good friend Katie invited us to spend this holiday together with her family. Dressed in red, with cookies and oranges in our hands and not having the slightest idea what to expect we arrived at Katie’s home in the morning. We were warmly and noisily welcomed by all family members as well as by some festively dressed dog-like creatures.
Not long after we have tried to impress with our miserable Chinese language skills and introduced ourselves to everyone we were already served unknown but very delicate dishes. Meanwhile, we were given small red envelopes by various family members. First I thought they were New Year’s greetings but then I remembered that in Hong Kong it’s common practice for married couples to give money to singles and especially to children. The so called “red packets” are supposed to bring good luck in the new year.
After everyone received their envelopes, more were spread across the table and every participant was supposed to draw an additional one. The person who got the most money then was supposed to pay for everyone’s dinner.
The rest of the day we spent with playing board games and in the evening we went to the well-known New Year’s Parade. Last but not least, I want to thank Katie for this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Chinese New Year with her and her family. I was positively surprised how happy and excited everyone seemed to have us there and how warm-hearted Katie’s family had welcomed us.