Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve, and I went to Nanmen Market to do some holiday shopping and had a relaxing start to my 6 day holiday. It was quite festive in Taipei, with many people burning paper money, lots of activity in the temples, and red lanterns hanging from the trees. However, Taipei feels quite deserted during CNY because everyone went down South, where a lot of people are from. Most people in Taipei are only here for work, but their real homes are in other cities.
Also, it is a tradition for wives to go back to their parents’ homes the day after CNY. That is because according to Chinese tradition, daughters who marry end up living with their husbands’ families, which is often far away from their parents. The only time they will get to see their parents and relatives is during CNY. The tradition still exists, even though many wives see their parents multiple times a year. :)
Another tradition is that on the eve of Chinese New Year, relatives gather around the dinner table and enjoy family dinner with immediate and extended family. We didn’t have a fancy dinner though, and it was just with immediate family (mom, dad, sister, me). We’re going to visit grandma tomorrow and say Happy New Year to grandma, uncle, and my new aunt-in-law! (Yep, my uncle got married last Saturday! Congrats to the happy couple~)