Its a few more days to the Chinese new year.
This year is going to be the year of the snake that would start at Feb 10,2013.
I am usually looking forward to the CNY for 3 things.
1.) All the yummy food.
2.) Red envelopes containing money 紅包 or commonly referred to as angpaos.
3.) Chinese new years cake made of glutinous rice 年糕 or in the Philippines is commonly known as Tikoy.
There are also a lot of festivities and preparations for the CNY.
At home we usually abide by these traditions: Cleaning the house before the New Year (means sweeping out all the dirt and all the broken things are disposed for a fresh and efficient start.), Getting a haircut (I really don’t know why we do this, we just do. But a haircut on the new years day is a big NO! it must be done before.), Buying new tableware (cups, bowls, plates, etc. these are supposed to mean that in the coming year the household will have more to eat.), and buying round fruits like mandarin oranges, grapes, pomelo, pears, apples, banana. add candies to the list of things to buy as these will symbolize a sweet year ahead.
My mom usually visits Chinese temples to offer incense, flowers and fruits.
But really I am looking forward to it because the year of the Snake is good for those born under the year of the Ox.