Feb 2, 2012

CNY 2012 in Putian, China

Because some political people kept asking Malaysian Chinese to go back China, my family gladly return to China for Chinese New Year.
My grandfather is from Sin Hua clan, Putian, China. This is our first time back to Putian. As typical Malaysian Chinese, our minds were full of bad assumptions. Glad that all turn out much better than we thought!

Zhen sian chi, Dong hai zhen is the name of the village, near Seng You, 2 hours drive from Xia Men. Transportation is very convenient. There are long distance buses from Guang Zhou airport to Seng You.


Most people get married around the age of 17-20 years old, same as typical village. Most of young generation does not stay in the village. So chinese new year is the time of matchmaking, there will be many ladies doll up in every home. Parents will take their son around the village in search of son's life partner. When their son met the girl he likes, they can even get engaged after few days. Mostly don't get married legally yet, because they want to have many children. This is due to China one child policy. If 1stborn is daughter, they can have another child after 5 years. There will be a fine if they have another child. They won't be fined if they hv many many children before legally married.
3 major thing in their life are get married, have children and have house. Many of them work in city and have their own business. They built 4-5 floors of house. But they only stay on 1-2 floors. Their big tall houses locked for the rest of the year because they will only go back to the village during chinese new year.
Only in Putian, celebration of chinese new year is different. 3rd day of CNY is birthday for those who are 60 years and above. 4th day is like CNY eve. 5th day is even merrier than 1st day of CNY. In Putian, you get 1 year older on CNY. On 15 day, each house will send a representative to carry lanterns to form a long line imitating dragon's tail and march around villages. My cousin told me usually the event take place around 7 pm to 1 am.


3 comments:

[SK] said...

i think this is a nice experience going back to your "hometown".. sure a different encounter and i supposed the CNY ambiance is better in china?? so all your cousins must have already got married, and you must have collected many angpows from them~~ :p

AmirFX said...

Wow! Much more happening than Kuching...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

wow...lovely to go back to your roots...