Alumni Update | Issue two 2015

Happy Lunar New Year 2015

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gong Hei Fat Choy!

The Lunar New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Celebrated by Chinese communities worldwide, it is known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year in China. In Vietnam the Lunar New Year is known as the Tet.

We asked some of our alumni to tell us about their fondest memory of celebrating the most important festival in their calendar.

We invite you to share your favourite Lunar New Year moments by posting a photo on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #unisaalumni.

“My favourite memory of celebrating Chinese New Year is making a snowman in the yard and playing snowball fighting with friends screaming and laughing. Unfortunately this seems to be a thing of the past as it is so rare to see any snow in winter now.” Qiao Luqiang, Beijing

“I love the family reunion dinner, visiting relatives, the lion dance performances and overeating over the course of 15 days of the Lunar New Year." Melissa Tan, Kuala Lumpur

Kok chai peanut cookies and kuih kapit

“My favourite memory is from when I was a young child. My grandmother who lived with us always insisted on making our own cookies, favourites being 'kuih kapit' (love letters) and 'kok chai' (peanut sweet dumplings). Our aunts, aunties, cousins will all gather at the house to make the cookies together and it'll be the noisiest house in the neighbourhood filled with laughter and lively chatter.” Joanna Liao, Kuala Lumpur

“My favourite memory is the ‘special’ red envelope that I receive once a year, on the night before the first day of Chinese New Year, a packet of ‘lucky money’ to put under my pillow and sleep on through the night. It's metaphor for bringing us through safe and quiet night to the next bright year ahead. My mother has prepared this lucky red envelope on the last night of the year since I was born.” Maggie Leung, Hong Kong

“My favourite activity is to toss Lo Hei with friends and family members as high as possible. We will shout Huat Ah and wish for winning TOTO (Singapore Pools lottery), health, love and career in our coming year. We enjoy eating this Yu Sheng.” Sherina Ng, Singapore

“My favourite memory is from when I was around five years old. My cousins and I would tie firecrackers — the kind that would explode if you pull the springs on either ends - onto the gates at my gran's house. We would then hide behind a low wall and wait for visitors to be welcomed by a little bang when they pushed the gates open. We knew we wouldn’t get punished for it because no one is supposed to scold anyone during Lunar New Year!" Lisa Chua, Singapore

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