Like Christmas, lunar new year is a time where families gather and members who are away will try to make the trip back home for the reunion dinner on new year eve.
On new year’s day, families would visit the homes of relatives and catch up with one another over food and drinks and more food and drinks XD Married couples would give out red packets (红包) filled with a token sum of money (in even numbers) to unmarried relatives and children as a well-wishing gesture. Generally, a pair of mandarin oranges would be exchanged too for good fortune.
So yeah, it is a time of joyful reunions and… for some, unavoidable gatherings (oh well, life is not perfect *shrugs*) Fortunately my family doesn’t have that issue… ^^;;; Although there are some relatives whom we only meet once a year and we always end up talking about the same boring things like occupation, studies, etc and typically, single folks will be badgered to get hitched and the younger married ones will be asked to make babies and such… Some may think it is pointless and rather be doing their own things during the holidays than spending time with “strangers”. *_* I’m not immune to these thoughts either but family is a -strange- thing. Even when we don’t keep in touch, the warmth I feel when I see these relatives and cousins is always there. Nostalgia doing its magic again perhaps. What an indulgent feeling… :)