1.30.2014

Reunion Dinner Singapore : 除夕年夜飯


Reunion Dinner
Meaning of Reunion Dinner



Steamboat Reunion
Tonight marks the most important dinner for Chinese families in a calendar year. It is reunion dinner time!

Reunion Dinner 年夜飯 traditionally happens on the eve of Lunar New Year. In today's society, it is unsurprising that one would have reunion dinners on a different date. This is especially so if you are celebrating your reunion with your parents as well as in-laws.

A time to feast
If Chinese New Year was meant to celebrate the coming of the new year, Reunion Dinner would signify the celebration of Family. In these times, families members usually live apart after marriage and setting up of family. Dinner as a family unit would tend to be far and few in between. Reunion dinner would be one of those precious moments where the families can dine as one.

We gather , we feast
Thus this gives added significance to this day and it had even been recognised as a ' non official - official ' half day for most companies. Given the significance in relation to family, we should seriously consider to petition this day as a holiday in Singapore.

Traditionally, reunion dinner would include various mixture of cooked dishes specially prepared for this occasion. For this meal, the best foods and ‘dishes with a meaning’ are served in abundance. Dishes like a whole chicken of a whole fish 年年有余 are popular amongst Chinese.

Steam boat ingredients
Nowadays, Steamboat menu seemed to be a more popular choice, especially in Singapore. The dishes remains, but the communal cooking adds to the warmth of Reunion Dinner.

Abundance of food
This was also our choice for Reunion dinner for both sides of the family.

Cooked, served and ready to eat
Reunion Dinner is the most significant dinner one can share with the Family. Given that 2014 is the " International Year of the Family ", it is highly encouraged that families use the traditional reunion dinners to create shared memories and for families to bond.

Treasure it while you can!

National family council agreed with us on this . Check out their take on the reunion dinner.


In addition, there is a contest to celebrate family bonding for Chinese New Year. Simply pen down what does reunion dinner mean to you? Share your thoughts at the Family First facebook and you could be one of 10 selected to feature in an upcoming post, and receive an Ang Pao of $30 NTUC vouchers!

Yu Sheng
Don't forget to Lo hei for ' Good luck' for the year ahead!

Huat ah!
Activities to do before Chinese New Year
Other than Reunion Dinner, you may also be interested in these traditions in preparation for CNY

  • Shou Sui 守岁 - Guarding of Age
Families would stay awake together to welcome the new year ahead. Traditionally it is said families stay awake to fend off the mythical beast call 'Nian' 年 .We reckoned having Ironman and War Machine on board would help in this cause.

Look who turned up for family reunion.
  • Shou Sui (Alternate Meaning)
It is also believe that children who Shou Sui will increase the longevity of their parents.

  • Switching on Lights at home
Lights around the house are supposed to be switch on throughout the night to ward of Nian 年 who is afraid of bright lights. Firecrackers were popular in the past (when it was allowed in Singapore) to start the year ( to scare off 年).

  • Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning is a must for the Chinese New Year eve. It signifies getting rid of bad luck to prepare the house to be filled with good luck for the next year. Do use this opportunity to fix the broken lights and other defects.Do not sweep the floors and or throw away thrash for the first few days of the new year. Otherwise you will sweep away the good luck for the new year!

Wearing Red is optional for Reunion Dinner
  • Buying new clothes
It is customary to wear new clothes for Chinese New Year. Buy red or in of red for the outfit. New clothes signifies a fresh start while red means happiness. Get a haircut too to complete the look.

  • Decorate the house
Flowers, pussy willow and Chinese New Year ornaments in red and gold are commonly found in Chinese Households during Chinese New Year. This will beautify the house and create a 'fresh' look for the new year.

Gallop into the year of the
Horse
Reunion Dinner means different thing to different people.
It is a time for appreciating, it is a time for bonding, it is a time for family.

What does it mean to you?







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