Celebrating Lunar New Year 2022 | 农历新年

Celebrating Lunar New Year 2022 | 农历新年

 嘿!大家好!一年一度的农历新年即将到来,相信你们都跟我一样期待和家人团聚吧!然而,这两年的疫情愈发严重,政府在佳节期间也加紧了防疫措施,限制聚集人数。这样一来,我们和所有亲戚齐聚一堂的愿望又无法实现了。‘我们这个大家族该怎么团圆?’‘到底今年能不能见到外婆呢?’这些问题肯定萦绕在我们的心中。今天,我们就来谈谈如何庆祝今年的农历新年吧!

Hey everyone! Lunar New Year (LNY) is around the corner, and I’m sure that many of us are looking forward to family reunions! However, with the COVID-19 pandemic looming over the world, our nation’s restrictions would most definitely be tightened during the festive season. I believe this has caused many of us to feel troubled. Hence, I’ll be sharing adaptations we can make to celebrate, be sure to check it out!

团圆饭 | Reunion Dinner

Jocelyn Chinese Tuition Blog Post (Chinese Culture)

想必团圆饭是大家在农历新年期间必不可少的欢庆活动吧!无论是留学海外的学生,还是工作繁重的成年人,人们每年都会盼着回家与家人吃一顿温馨的团圆饭。即便是疫情期间,心中思家的情怀也无法被阻挡。

2022117日,政府将在外用餐的人数限制在5人以下。纵然我们应该早已习惯这样的限制,但佳节期间吃团圆饭时怎么可能只有5位亲友呢?我们肯定想要邀请亲戚们一起团圆啊!这么棘手的问题该怎么有效地解决呢?

我认为,家族人数较小的话,这个难题其实很容易解决。我们可以选择在家里自己准备团圆饭,再请5位亲戚到家里一起吃。如果不想踏进厨房,我们也能预订外卖。农历新年的优惠多不胜数,我们肯定能找到既美味又实惠的餐品。

有人可能会问,要是我的家族人数较多那该怎么办呢?

别慌,我也有方法!我们能运用各种视讯平台,以线上模式和家人一起吃团圆饭。说到视讯平台,相信大家应该不陌生吧?除了Zoom以外,我们也可以选择Google Meet、Whatsapp或是Telegram等。选定平台后,我们只需在各自家中准备好食物,再上线一起开吃,就能在遵守防疫措施的同时与家人团圆!无论如何,只要多花些心思,我们就能克服一切阻扰与家人共进团圆饭。

Reunion dinner is probably the most important part of our LNY traditions! No matter our age, we’ll always be looking forward to having this significant meal with our families.

As of 17th January 2022, the dining and gathering group size has been capped at 5. For small families with 5 or fewer members, we would not have to worry about having reunion dinners at restaurants over the festive season. However, I’m sure with the inclusion of our relatives, the number will definitely exceed 5. Does that mean that we have to give reunion dinner a miss?

If our extended family is relatively small in numbers, the problem is slightly easier to resolve. We can choose to cook and invite up to 5 relatives for the meal. If we’re not ready to whip up a feast, there’s always the option of delivery. There are plenty of LNY promotions available that will definitely satisfy our taste buds. 

Now, what if our family is relatively huge? What should I do? 

No worries! We can always use video-conferencing platforms like Zoom to hold an online reunion dinner. All we have to do is to prepare our own meals at the comfort of our own homes, log on to the platform and start eating together! No matter what, there’s always a way to enjoy reunion dinner with our loved ones.

捞鱼生环节 | “Lou Hei”

Jocelyn Chinese Tuition Blog Post (Chinese Culture)

捞鱼生(Lou Hei)就和团圆饭一样,是农历新年期间不可或缺的环节。其实,捞鱼生属于新加坡以及马来西亚比较独特的庆祝方式。不仅如此,这道菜具有重大寓意,,象征着吉祥、好运、健康等。

在捞鱼生之前,我们都必须先把一些调料倒在蔬菜上。相信大家都知道,在倒这些调料时,伴随着的都是我们洪亮的声音。我们常常会喊出一些寓意颇好的成语,例如:放生鱼片喊:“年年有余”;放花生碎和脆饼碎喊:“满地黄金”;浇上最后的酸柑汁及方梅酱喊:“甜甜蜜蜜”等。

在疫情爆发前,这样的场景是我们再熟悉不过的。然而,我们现在正值特殊时期,还是要以干净卫生为主,自然不能对着食物喊出各种吉利话了。这样一来,我们该怎么延续捞鱼生的传统呢?

其实,除了亲口喊出这些成语以外,我们也可以积极利用科技呀!网上其实有不少祝词的语音,大家能在倒入调料的同时,播放这些语音。如果想要更进一步地加强亲切感,甚至可以自己录音哦。

The Prosperity Toss, or “Lou Hei”, is another irreplaceable bit of LNY which is unique to Singapore and Malaysia. Additionally, it is a dish filled with deeper meanings like bringing good luck throughout the year.

Before starting the toss, we would normally add the ingredients onto the base vegetables. I believe most of you, if not all, have had the experience of shouting some auspicious phrases whilst pouring the ingredients.

While it is normal for us to do this pre-Covid, we unfortunately should avoid doing this to safeguard ourselves . However, fret not as I have a solution for this.

Did you know? There are audio clips online which can play the auspicious phrases while we toss. That’s right! You can just play the clip while adding the ingredients. Or if you’d like a personal touch, choose to record one on your own for the occasion.

红包 | Red Packets

Jocelyn Chinese Tuition Blog Post (Chinese Culture)

说到新年习俗,大家第一时间想到的应该就是派红包。在华族文化中,红色代表着活力、欢乐和好运。因此,当长辈们把红包交给后辈时,也意味着把祝福和好运交到他们手中。

然而,科技发展日新月异,相较于面对面派发红包的方式,越来越多人选择派发电子红包。所谓电子红包,就是电子版本的红包。人们可以通过像PayNow等付款平台来派发电子红包。

受疫情影响,更多国人选择多样化的拜年方式,比如:利用通讯软件ZOOM来进行线上拜年。因此,有了电子红包,哪怕置身在外的人无法与家人面对面地拜年,他们也可以通过数码的方式来派发红包,以延续这个传统习俗。

那这时候有的人就会问:“派发电子红包不会替代我们的传统习俗吗?”。派发红包最主要的目的是为了把好运和祝福带给后辈。当人们派发电子红包的时候,他们依然能够留下他们的祝福。因此,派发红包的习俗并没有变味。

除此之外,如今疫情日渐严重,派发电子红包能够减少人与人之间的接触,从而降低病毒传播的风险。不仅如此,新加坡正迈向无现金社会。相信在不久的将来,派发电子红包将会成为一种趋势。

Talking about LNY, the first thing that comes to mind, should most probably be red packets! In Chinese Culture, red represents liveliness, happiness, and luck. As such, when an elderly gives us red packets, they are essentially “giving” us their well wishes and good luck.

However, keeping in mind that technology is ever changing, more and more people are giving out e-red packets instead of traditional ones. They are basically transferred electronically and can be easily done so via platforms like PayNow.

Additionally, under the influence of Covid-19, more people will choose this form of interaction, including the usage of platforms like Zoom, to replace house visiting. As such, for those of you who are unable to visit your relatives who are overseas, you can consider this method.

I know that some people might feel that this isn’t too traditional of a method and may see differently on this issue. What I would say about this, is not to worry. The main idea of giving red packets is to pass down well wishes and luck, and the sincerity remains even with electronic red packets!

With COVID-19 being increasingly serious throughout the world, this method reduces physical contact between people, reducing the risk of infection. Moreover, Singapore is moving towards a smart nation where cashless payment is being promoted as the main form of payment. I believe that soon this would become a social norm!

今天就写到这里啦!希望大家在开开心心庆祝农历新年的同时,记得保持自身健康哦。

在这里,先提前祝贺大家在新的一年里虎气冲天、万事如意、财源滚滚,虎年吉祥!

下次再见,拜拜!

With that, today’s article shall end here. Hope everyone has a fun time during the LNY and remember, always stay safe!

Here, I wish you all a Happy Lunar New Year in advance!

I’ll see you next time, bye!

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