Happy Lunar New Year! This year is the Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram however you like it. As the Chinese calendar follows the lunar calendar, it falls on a different date every year on the western calendar.
The Chinese community will be celebrating our New Year, also known as Spring Festival. Yesterday we all had our reunion dinners with our families, and mine went to a seafood restaurant at the East Coast Park for a really yummy dinner!
The Chinese New Year celebrations typically lasts for 15 days from the first day of the New Year. You may think it’s a crazy-long 2 weeks of celebrations, but in Singapore, we only have the first 2 days off work, and “normal lives” resume on the 3rd day. This year we are lucky enough to have the 3rd day falling on a Saturday, which means we have 4 days of rest from work. Today, I am off to visit relatives in my new dress as per tradition, and I’m guessing they are going to play mahjong after lunch, too!
This unfortunately means I will need to leave my fountain pens behind and I don’t have a chance to use them today. So early in the morning, I took all my red, gold and Chinese fountain pens out for a photoshoot with a red packet:
For all my readers who are also celebrating the Lunar New Year, here’s wishing you a happy and healthy year of the Goat, and many more fountain pens to come!