(The Lack Of) Chinese New Year Mood in Chicago

It is just a few more days to Chinese New Year, and if not for the fact that I am aware that it is Chinese New Year, the day would have just passed me by since I cannot feel any festive mood in the air.

While I understand that I am now in the U.S, not China, I still can’t help feeling slightly dismayed that there is absolutely no sign of Chinese New Year here! After all, CNY is such a major celebration in Singapore. By now, all shops should be blasting cheesy Chinese New Year songs, and bakeries racking up huge sales from the pineapple tarts and other CNY goodies. Yet over here, people just go on with their daily lives.

I mean there are a few celebrations in museums and participating stores, but there is nothing really wow about it. It just isn’t the same.

In fact, I can’t even feel the joyful CNY mood in Chinatown! And I thought Chicago has the second largest Chinatown in the US?! I thought of watching some Chinese New Year贺岁电影to sort of celebrate CNY, but I can’t find 贺岁电影too! This is really quite sian.

When I was in Singapore, the Chinese New Year songs do get a bit on my nerves after hearing it being played repeatedly everywhere. But recently I got into a habit of playing some CNY songs while I was working, and it helped in making me feel that it is Chinese New Year. haha.

Recently I have been watching some cooking videos on making pen cai for CNY. Hopefully I will be able to whip up something not too mediocre on Chinese New Year Eve. After all, it is the New Year, I definitely need to eat something good!!!

 

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