Ever since I came to the United states, one thing I would always do every year would be to call my family in Malaysia on the first day of Chinese New year at 9am in the morning once to wish my father's side of the family(which means the phone gets passed around to my grandparents, uncles, cousins,aunties,etc.), and I would call a second time at 11am to speak to my mother's side of the family. I do this every year because I knew how big a celebration Chinese New Year is to my family(especially to my grandparents).
We went to Singapore with my grandpa over Christmas break
Yesterday, I did the same thing and the phone got passed on to my grandfather from my father's side, he always looks forward to Chinese New year, the biggest event of the year for him. Both him and my grandmother were originally from Jiang Men in China and they are very traditional. Not to be sidetracked, this is how our conversation went in cantonese:
Me: Yeh Yeh, Gong Xi Fa Cai! May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year ahead of you!
Yeh-Yeh(Grandpa): I wish the same to you! What are you doing for Chinese New Year over there????
Me: Nothing really......
Yeh-Yeh: Why aren't you celebrating it with your friends???
Me: Because my friends here don't celebrate Chinese New Year, they celebrate Valentine's day.....
Yeh-Yeh asks once again: What are you doing to celebrate the Chinese New Year?
Me: To be honest, I think I am just going for dim sum with a few friends.....
Yeh-Yeh: Then what do you do during the Chinese New year holidays there?
Yeh-Yeh: Why not?
Me with my grandpa in his hometown in China two years ago(My grandfather is really proud of his ancestry and culture as a "China-man" and he wants to show his children his roots. I am glad he did because I now know where my grandparents originate from, my Choo family village and am thankful for him always guiding and teaching us the Chinese culture)
One of my uncle, aunt, cousings, grandpa with my auntie and cousin from China:)
In front of the Choo family hall in the Choo family village in China! Cool HUh?
Gong Xi Fa Cai