Saturday, February 14, 2009 ;
The people here celebrate it with a fervour too!
I hadn't expected it, cos I always thought the 15th day of the CNY was the Chinese's Valentine's Day.
Same thing as in the States, lots of sales of chocs, candies, all wrapped in pink hearts... Roses and all kinds of flowers increase in price now.
My ayi told me, her hubby still gives her flowers every year. She said Valentine's Day is not the time to scrimp and save. Must be romantic! haha.
She is not from the younger generation, yet she celebrates it too. Hmm, to think they place more emphasis on this day than my parents or parents-in-law.
She even asked me how I plan to celebrate it. I said my hubby's going on a business trip, so we'll just have a dinner tonight (Fri night). At home, and I just cooked something different from normal. She said, "NO flowers??!?"
I said, err, no, I think. She said, "Cannot! You have to hint to your hubby. Get him to buy either 1 or 11 roses/ flowers. People here all buy 1 or 11!"
I asked, "Why? That's new to me."
I heard of 99, or 999. Why 11?
She said, "一心一意” (one heart one mind = single-minded love? undying faithful love? correct translation?).
Ahhh, I learn something new again, another custom particular to this region of the world. Interesting.
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow