Lunar Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese. An occasion of family reunion, Spring Festival falls on the 1st day of the 1st lunar month.
Traditionally, all families have to spring-clean their houses prior to the festival. The belief is that the clean-up works towards driving off all ill fortune. In modern context, it has the significance to provide a time for us to clean up our homes more thoroughly.
During my childhood and teens, spring-cleaning was essentially a whole-family affair. My mom would pick a day during the year-end school holiday and command everybody to put hands together in an all-out effort to spring-clean the house. It was a fun-filled family effort with absolutely no fuss over it.
Yesterday, I took the afternoon off to spring-clean the cemented compound using a pressure jet
cleaner. Allen joined in to give me a hand, making me recall the sweet old memories.
The Spring Festival mood is already in the air in Sibu, stirring up Sibuians as they shop around.
The New Year songs sing out festive joy, making the season even closer. The creative decorations spur on shoppers to go on a buying spree. It is a really fun-filled time in the run-up to CNY.