Do you adopt the customs and culture of your new home?
We have been very fortunate to have been moved around Asia with my husbands work, living in cities that to be honest had never been on my radar. Considering this, no matter where we have lived, we have always felt at ‘home’.
I think the key has been that everywhere we have lived, we have embraced the local customs and culture. We take (almost) every opportunity presented to us to get involved in local life. I say almost, because sometimes with a new born baby you can’t do everything… but there isn’t much we have missed.
From the amazing street parade in Tsim Sha Tsui for Chinese New Year, to joining the procession to Juhu Beach during Ganesh festival. From attending family poojas for Diwali to trying (very hard) to make jiaozi in Chongqing. We have always embraced celebrations.
And as I sent the girls off to school this morning – Miss J dressed and ready to do her Gongxi Gongxi dance, and Madam S ready for her class party (in Korean dress instead of chinese, but it was pink and she wanted it!) – I reflected on how adaptable they are. They just join in the celebration, they don’t question it. They take it on board, they know the ‘right’ way to celebrate and they are more than happy to share their learning with anyone who will ask! There’s my warning to you…
I feel very proud of them both, and a little proud of us as parents too.
So from our family to yours, Xin Nian Kuai Le – Happy Chinese New Year!
How do you celebrate the customs and culture of your new home? Please do take the time to share your thoughts in the comments.
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