VC VOX POP | “What are your favourite traditions for celebrating the Lunar New Yr?”


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At the moment marks the primary day of the Lunar New Yr, also referred to as the Chinese language New Yr or the Spring Competition in China. The Violin Channel joins all who rejoice as we welcome the Yr of the Tiger — the Chinese language zodiac that symbolizes nice power and bravado. 

Whereas the brand new 12 months usually symbolizes contemporary beginnings in lots of societal cultures, the Lunar New Yr marks the tip of winter and the beginning of spring — a interval of reflection, reunion, and rebirth.

As each tradition and household might rejoice the brand new 12 months in another way, we wished to study extra from a few of classical music’s main artists as they share their favourite Lunar New Yr traditions, plus how they are going to be celebrating this 12 months. What are a few of your favourite new 12 months traditions? Do tell us within the feedback under.

 

Violinist Nikki Chooi 

Our household follows the custom through which we clear the home completely and throw out the trash the day earlier than Lunar New Yr. Subsequently on New Yr’s, nothing leaves the home thus holding all the nice luck inside! When my brother and I have been younger, my dad and mom would current us with crimson envelopes full of money inside — this was at all times thrilling! This 12 months, we will probably be welcoming the New Yr sporting plenty of crimson (for good luck) and can have a big feast with a variety of dishes!

 

Violist Hsin-Yun Huang 

My favourite custom is gathering with household and having an extravagant night of hotpot full of Shabu shabu model meats, seafood, and limitless greens. 

This 12 months introduced a uncommon alternative for me to spend time with my mom who’s in Taiwan. I’ll treasure it for all times. 

 

Violinist Christian Li 

My favourite custom is receiving Chinese language New Yr Pink Packets 压岁钱, which incorporates fortunate cash with blessings from elders.

This 12 months, we are going to rejoice by having a pleasant dinner gathering with household and shut pals at dwelling. I can even video name my grandma and auntie in Beijing and Guangzhou to want them a cheerful new 12 months.

 

Violinist Qian Zhou

The brand new 12 months is all about new beginnings. “Spring cleansing” symbolizes this by ridding our houses of all issues in disrepair, and sprucing up every thing to usher in a brighter 12 months! Additionally it is about cherishing our family members and recharging for the brand new 12 months forward. We go to household and pals, alternate items, play some mahjong, and have an exquisite time collectively!

 

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin 

After I was a baby in Taiwan, the New Yr’s eve dinner was a serious occasion. My grandma would spend two days cooking up an unbelievable feast. It was a very festive event. This 12 months, I’m celebrating with my household and several other pals on New Yr’s eve. Though my grandma’s feast is a distant reminiscence, this dinner nonetheless brings household and pals collectively. That is what’s great.

 

Pianist Wu Han 

I like Chinese language New Yr. From my childhood, it was at all times my favourite time of the 12 months: all new garments, crimson envelopes from my uncles and aunts, limitless scrumptious meals, plenty of enjoyable household time with video games like mahjong. The vitality of the celebration and the renewed dedication to my family members actually strengthens my spirit. As a result of January and February are the busiest months for a live performance pianist, my skilled engagements stored me away from the celebrations this 12 months. I’ll, nonetheless, make up the distinction by having an ideal sizzling pot on my solely free day in February, which occurs to be my birthday. I can’t wait to style the thinly minimize prime beef, fish balls, Chinese language mushrooms, contemporary seafood…

 

Cellist Liwei Qin  

I believe an important custom for me is spending some high quality time with my household. For a lot of Chinese language, CNY is just not in contrast to the Christmas vacation celebrations. At present, I’m in Melbourne visiting my dad and mom and also will carry out a Chinese language New Years Live performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Violinist Chloe Chua 

I often meet my relations for a reunion dinner on Chinese language New Yr Eve. We watch films, speak, and play video games collectively, and all of the dad and mom will give crimson packets to all the kids. As a result of Singapore’s Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, this 12 months, I’ll have dinner with solely my dad and mom and a household pal at dwelling.

 

Violinist Benny Tseng

My favourite custom as a child was undoubtedly receiving crimson envelopes from kin within the household and oldsters! We might then get some firecrackers and set them off. It’s an indication of receiving success 😄

 

Violinist Richard Lin 

Like most Chinese language households, my relations collect and revel in a multi-dish dinner feast on new 12 months’s eve. It is similar to Thanksgiving within the States. I bear in mind once I was little, I at all times regarded ahead to this occasion probably the most as a result of I bought to play video video games with all my cousins and kin.

Sadly, I’m now concertizing within the States, so I will not have the ability to rejoice with my household this 12 months. I assume I’ll rejoice with a great observe session!

 

Cellist Sihao He 

My favourite custom for celebrating Lunar New Yr is unquestionably the dinner with all my relations and kin. It is a bit of bit like a potluck, as an alternative of bringing cooked meals, every household would prepare dinner the dishes and share them collectively.

This Lunar New Yr, I will probably be celebrating it in New York Metropolis with a few of my finest pals. We have not actually determined precisely what we’re going to do, however one factor for positive is a few very nice Chinese language meals.

 

Violin Hao Zhou 

Pink envelopes! Each child loves them rising up. I can’t think about anybody who wouldn’t be blissful receiving money on a vacation. 

This 12 months, since I’ll be in Philadelphia and away from dwelling, I’ll have a small gathering with shut pals. As covid-safe as doable.

 

Cellist Bion Tsang 

For Chinese language New Yr, my household and I get pleasure from going out for dim sum. My mother now lives close to me in Austin, so she’ll be a part of us for positive. With town of Austin nonetheless in Stage 5 (out of 5) because of the Omicron variant, we might find yourself cooking and gathering on our again patio.

 

Violinist Luke Hsu 

My private favourite custom with the Lunar New Yr is spending time with my household and consuming moon desserts (particularly those that include egg yolks). Due to Covid restrictions, I’ll have a way more toned-down Lunar New Yr.

 

Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong

My favourite custom for the Lunar New Yr was attending to rejoice with my grandparents. My dad and mom and I’d go to their home and they might at all times have candied winter melon and lotus seeds and chocolate cash for me to eat. I at all times regarded ahead to getting crimson envelopes as properly.

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