Pics taken at friend’s open house, Rawang
This year, we didn’t go back to Port Weld, Taiping to celebrate the Chinese new year. Ever since both paternal and maternal grandmothers passed on 10 and 12 years ago, we hardly made an effort to go visit our relatives in Penang. We will visit them on normal days instead of joining the maddening crowd and hogging the Penang bridge!
We had our 9th day Hokkien version of celebrating the Chinese new year in Kuala Lumpur. Unlike two years ago, I find the fireworks had somehow reduced substantially. I guess the new generation of youngsters no more believing in getting “ong” by offering firecrackers and lavish food.
I remember when I was little, we used to have a whole pig – roasted to perfection as offering to the Jade Emperor decorating the table, together with at least 5 types of fruits, sweet cakes, huat kueh, and other dishes and of course, two stalks of sugarcanes.
Since my uncle passed away due to kidney failure, my late grandmother decided to offer vegetarian food for the Jade emperor. I am not too sure the reason behind this and didn’t find out either.
It’s good to keep the tradition going. Since my old folks are still around, it’s good to spend some time, praying to the gods with them. I pray that they will be granted good health till the end of days, and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Tomorrow will be the last day of the Chinese new year for 2011. Nevertheless, I wish you happiness, love and prosperity.