Last Friday marked the start of the Lunar New Year. Usually, I would be at home celebrating it with my family but this year, the Happy Gwailo and I had to skip the celebrations. I was feeling pretty homesick, especially when the familiar beat of the drums and clash of the cymbals rang out to accompany the lion dance at work.
Knowing how I was feeling, my sweet hubby went out and got a bunch of traditional sweet treats for me. I came home to find peanut cookies and sesame cookies sitting on the counter to accompany the pineapple tarts from home that I’d been hoarding for months.
The lunar new year is as much about food as it is about family. One of our cherished traditions is to have a reunion dinner on the eve of the new year. The entire extended family gets together and enjoys an amazing meal including favorites like my grandmother’s stewed bamboo and the most succulent bbq pork in town. There are also always a selection of sweets and cookies to make the new year sweeter, and of course, mandarins for prosperity.
I was missing the feast, but the Happy Gwailo’s sweet gesture meant that I could at least enjoy a taste of home even though I couldn’t be at home.
The celebrations continued at the office today with a huge variety of cookies and sweets scattered across the table including some childhood favorites. Definitely feeling grateful for my extended work family.
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Freelance writer moonlighting as a management consultant. Lived in five countries; worked in ten. Love to travel and am a bit of a foodie.