Photo Essay: The First Days of Chinese New Year with the Family | Speaking of China

18 Responses

  1. Bruce
    Bruce February 3, 2014 at 6:35 am | | Reply

    This is what I love most about Chinese families. We’re just very caring.

  2. Ryan
    Ryan February 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm | | Reply

    Yes, we only did one party this New Year, but had fun. Our friend’s mother cooked nearly 30 dishes, with some of us guests adding some as well. Most of the Americans there sat away from the crowd and were amused/bemused/befuddled, but us Chinese/pseudo-Chinese (read: married to) had a great old time.

    Xin Nian Hao to all!

  3. Timo
    Timo February 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm | | Reply

    Lovely family gathering. This year it was just me and my wife the entire New Year but at least my mother in law will be joining us thrusday for a few months. I actually can’t wait to have a visit to China again just to have a few dinners with the whole family.

  4. Fred
    Fred February 4, 2014 at 1:48 am | | Reply

    @ Jocelyn.

    I am in agreement with your in-laws that you must have children. I want to see your child. May you have big, bright and beautiful children soon.


  5. Andi
    Andi February 4, 2014 at 4:08 am | | Reply

    Xin nian kaui le! I LOVE your new sweater!!!

  6. Alex
    Alex February 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm | | Reply

    Your’s experience about 春节 is perfectly the same as mine! This year it was may first time to celebrate this festival with a Chinese family and I need to say, I was awesome. And I totally agree with the eating part. No matter where you go or who visits you, you need to eat! haha, 吃饱了

  7. Kalvinator
    Kalvinator February 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm | | Reply

    Yes, the next step is having a lot of kids.

  8. cheng yong
    cheng yong February 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm | | Reply


    lot of kids? I think anwer is one kid, if she giving brith in China; if ALOT?
    Thats not possible in China, but in Canada. no ideas about US, recently heard having more than two kids in states, more likely ending up like poor people living in dumpsters or street.

  9. Sveta
    Sveta February 7, 2014 at 11:44 am | | Reply

    Whatever you and John decide to do, good luck is all I can say. Personally I’d like some kids, but at the moment mission impossible due to a lot of elements such as no job, and where I live driving is a necessity.

  10. Giulia
    Giulia February 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm | | Reply

    I found your blog just yesterday and I love it already… I’m italian and here amwf couples are so rare: on the streets just bad looks (both from Italians and Chineses), and nothing on the net… your words and experiences made me feel a little less lonely:)
    Why did I begin read it? Cos my bf’s family officially invited me to spend next Chinese New year at their home (after one year and half of “why do you date this girl?”). At the same time his grandmother brought my pictures to a monk to check “how about my future” (this thing I still don’t understand…) and asked which time we’ll get merried. First reaction: happiness (is the first time his family recognises me as his girlfriend), second reaction… I got crazy. I know so little about his culture… I’m scared to make some huge mistake. The point is: I can’t control my behave about what I don’t know, what is normal for me maybe is not for them… I think I will stress my bf for one year about Chinese “galateo”;)
    Come back to the main point: all these words to tell just one thing… THANK YOU (and thanks to all the people who write on this page) to give a non-asian point of view on several everydaylife-situations! It is very helpful for people like me (who fell in love with the person at first and not with the culture… I try my best but I’m still far to understand his culture)
    I wish all the best for you, your husband and your love.
    PS: sorry for my poor english but I felt I had to reply somehow. Kiss!

  11. Marta
    Marta February 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm | | Reply

    Is the red underwear an international tradition? or just in some countries? People also wear red underwear in Spain for New Year’s Eve 😀

  12. shiyiwan
    shiyiwan February 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm | | Reply

    Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you and your family!
    我打算花上今天剩下的时间看完所有的博客 🙂

  13. Michelle
    Michelle February 17, 2014 at 10:06 am | | Reply

    Wow, my Chinese New Year’s seemed a LOT more low-key compared to yours! We mostly stayed in our home, eating with the immediate family, which at most was my husband, his parents, his younger bro, and his older sis and her two kids. Even on Chinese New Year Eve, dinner was about 7 people with no 白酒. I’m jealous of all the yummy dinners you got to eat!

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