Saturday, 15 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Meh!

First, I would like to wish all my friends a Happy Valentine's Day and to fellow Chinese friends, Happy Chap Goh Meh! Although this post is a day late, I am really sorry, my body is currently fighting a lymph node infection, but I would still like to see this post go up for a really good reason.

So traditionally, we (my husband and I) do not celebrate St. Valetine's Day. We are quite the traditionalists and found Valentine's Day overly commercialized. However, our kids.. because they are so exposed to the western culture, have a great idea on what its all about. 

On Wednesday, we received a card from our eldest girl.. It was so beautifully made and we were pretty touched by her gesture. That very night, she sat down and did another for her sister. Her sister was really happy! 

Then, on Valentine's Day, she wished me a Happy Valentine's Day while I was walking her to school. So we started chatting about Valentine's Day, then it hit me! She is so into the idea of Valentine's Day, that she didn't understand the meaning of Chap Goh Meh. I told her that it was also 元宵节, it's also Valentine's Day for the Chinese. She didn't seem really interested, and that made me really sad. That made me realized that I need to be much more proactive in introducing her and her siblings our own culture. 

So that evening, when my husband came home, HE got a surprised that I told him our yearly snub-Valentine's-day plans are off and we are eating at my in-laws to observe Chap Goh Meh. I hope in this year, our children will learn more about Chinese celebrations like 端午节 (Dragon Boat Festival) and 中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival) and perhaps incorporate it into our family life so that it is not viewed as something strange or alien. And for the next Chap Goh Meh, I am going to make them tangyuan to eat (instead of using fried cuttlefish balls as a substitute)!

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