That, to me, is the sound of Chinese New Year. I’m usually not very excited about CNY, but this year I feel especially so. I guess it’s because most of the blog’s readers are not Chinese and I have the perfect opportunity to share what little I know of my culture. Yes, I do mean very little, because I’m terribly Westernised. You know you’re not that Chinese (but that doesn’t mean we’re not Chinese, we ARE) when you’re sitting at the only table in the restaurant having your reunion dinner using forks and spoons. (I resisted and used my chopsticks. This is the girl who didn’t know how to use them until she was well into her teenage years!)
Anyway, I just want to share with you some Chinese New Year songs. Personally, I prefer Xmas carols to CNY songs. I really dislike the tacky remixes on classic CNY songs. Unfortunately, those are the only ones I can find. 😐 Never mind, just listen to the melody and you should have an idea.
Speaking of lion dance, I went to Ikea with my parents on chor yat (first day of CNY) and there was a lion dance. If there’s one thing I love about CNY, it’s the lion dance. The lion’s head is so magical, so… majestic and terrifying at the same time. Every strut, shimmy and shake of the lion dance is just enthralling. It really feels as if the mythical creature is alive, that it’s hard to believe that two people are underneath the costume. The deafening sounds of the drums and cymbals, so loud that you feel it in your bones and it becomes your heartbeat instead…
If you haven’t seen a lion dance live, make it your mission next year to go to the nearest Chinatown. It’s an amazing experience, trust me.