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所以，这里不讲究 – 没要把家里佈置得红东东，没要穿红的， 没什么都要新的。 当然没新年歌之类的。
Ed在美国工作近十年，从来没回加拿大过农历新年。我则刚到这里，是他家里的新宠 – 华人， 懂得读写讲中文，懂得一点点的传统。 虽然，我在澳十二年，家人一直在马。我也每年都回马过年。想起来，我可能比他们老人家还传统。
晚上，给妈妈摇了个电话。 电话线很忙，很难才打到。 马来西亚已是年初一。 没说到几句，妈听不清楚，因为一家大小已在“疯狂”地及很吵地打麻将！
On Chinese New Year (CNY) Eve, Ed and I went back to his parents’ house for dinner. Ed grew up in Canada, hence he does not quite care about the CNY. If it was not me insisting the importance of having dinner with family on CNY Eve, he might find every reason to skip it.
It is a tradition for Chinese to have dinner together the night before Lunar New Year. No matter how far you live, it is advised if is possible, to try your best to come home for this new year eve dinner. It signifies the reunion of a family and the bond as a family. It is similar to the Christmas dinner.
Ed’s family immigrated to Canada over 30 years ago. Life was extremely difficult at the beginning. I guess, for the parents, they might not have been able to celebrate CNY according to traditions for a long time. For them, there was not a choice to keep the traditions, it was only a matter of survival in this new foreign country.
For the last nearly ten years, Ed has been working abroad. I don’t think he has been back for CNY. This year, he is back and I am here. For his parents, it was something worth celebrating this year.
They have cooked plenty of traditional dishes. We enjoyed the dinner and I explained to them how Chinese celebrates CNY in Malaysia. Although, I have been living in Australia for 12 years, I went back to Malaysia for CNY every year. Though I could not be with my own family this year, I felt equally appreciative for this dinner with Ed’s family.
Missing my family and the festive atmosphere in Malaysia, I called my mother after dinner. It was already the Day One of CNY in Kuala Lumpur. We could not talked much because of the noisy background excitements of my family playing mah-jung together (which is very common in the CNY).
Putting down the phone, trying to keep the festive feelings in my heart, I went to bed….