Chinese New Year

Kuching Travel Blog

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Chinese New Year started off with bang ... at midnight, the skies around Kuching lit up with fireworks and we could hear the firecrackers in the distance ... we live in a less Chinese area so it wasn't too noisy. 

Now firecrackers and fireworks have been illegal since when I was a child due to the risk of terrorism (communists).  So even the tiny canister of fireworks are illegal ... but the skies lit up with the big ones that I'd normally associate with the ones let off by the authorities in Sydney, London etc. 

In the daylight one could see the burnt out wrecks of the huge boxes from these glorious fireworks ... yes, in front of people's houses next to their rubbish bin.  I think the customs and police officers must have been having their day off.  Hhmmm ...

In Kuching, there is a definite code for how Chinese New Year is observed.  One is obliged to pay respects to older generation relatives ... then others lower in the pecking order.  Often the day is filled with tightly scheduled visits of 15 minutes or so ... sit, chat, nibble, drink, leave!  And in the case of single people (usually children), collect angpau (or red packets of money) as gifts from the older generation. 


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