27 Jan '14, 6am

Oh how Chinese New Year has changed

Oh how Chinese New Year has changed

Holidays over Chinese New Year are known as siam ang pow or "avoid hongbao" getaways. So where are you going, away, this Chinese New Year? Staying home? Are you booked for a restaurant's first or second sitting for your reunion dinner? Yes, this is a relatively new tradition that Chinese families are now familiar with. Reunion dinners of the past There was a time when most reunion dinners were home-cooked meals. Steamboats and curries and a "prosperity platter" made this big, fortuitous dinner. On the prosperity plate would be foods that symbolized longevity, wealth, health and fortune. Obviously that delectation worked. As fortunes increased and families decreased (fewer children, and seemly more overseas) eating out became the norm. An expat – now termed "foreign talent" – observed that in Singapore his colleagues don’t invite him to their homes (unlike in Europe). I exp...

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