I love spending CNY in Singapore with my relatives because I love tradition! We have a delicious steamboat reunion dinner on the eve of the new year. The next day we visit the temple to pay our respects to our ancestors and go through praying rituals, drink Holy water and then go visiting! The ang baos and traditional snacks are particularly enjoyable teehee. In Perth there is hardly any festive feeling and there is a nagging lack of respect and tradition which I feel dearly- I find it so sad that our culture is slowly disappearing down the generations. Look at me- I can't even speak Chinese or Cantonese :(.
This year we were invited to attend a temple ceremony for the first time in Perth and it was wonderful! I had such a good feeling about it and enjoyed it tremendously. For those interested, it's called the Fo Guang Shan temple located in Maylands. It's easily the most modern and most beautiful temple I have ever set eyes on.
I've seen many lion dances in my lifetime and this one was particularly outstanding. There were 10 lions for a start and they were really well made complete with flashing LED lights on their heads! They also stood directly upright on the shoulders of their bottom half, something I had not seen before! I was very impressed.