It is Lunar New Year in the Asian calendar – Year of the Pig! I love this time of year – the season for gathering, cooking, and feasting with loved ones. My Nepalese friend and I made delicious deep fried soft-shell crabs, spare ribs and kale broth, and pork dumplings to celebrate with our English and Korean friends.
↑ Traditionally, red is an auspicious colour in Chinese culture. This holiday season, I’m donning burgundy, a cousin in the reds and purples family.
This year, I’ve decided to start giving out my own red packets – little paper envelopes with a bank note inside as a gift. They are usually given out by married couples, but my aunt has supported my idea in giving them out myself. “Why not?” she says. I’ve really enjoyed giving my younger friends who came to dinner a little bit of pocket change.
Expectations based on marital status also exist in the political sphere. The public tends to support a married, rather than a bachelor head of state. Dear readers, are there any similar expectations in your culture?
Until next time readers, I wish you an amazing rest of the year. Live long and prosper ✌️