It is Lunar New Year in the Asian calendar – Year of the Pig! I love this time of year – the season for gathering, cooking, and feasting with loved ones. My Nepalese friend and I made delicious deep fried soft-shell crabs, spare ribs and kale broth, and pork dumplings to celebrate with our English and Korean friends.
↑ Traditionally, red is an auspicious colour in Chinese culture. This holiday season, I’m donning burgundy, a cousin in the reds and purples family.
After my big birthday last year, I decided to start giving out my own red packets – little paper envelopes with a bank note inside as a gift. They are usually given out by married couples, but my aunt has supported my idea in giving them out myself. “Why not?” she says. I am a kind of elder in Asian society now. And I’ve really enjoyed giving my younger friends who came to dinner a little bit of pocket change.
↑ I am wearing an outfit by Chinese label Mo & Co.
Expectations based on marital status also exist in the political sphere. The public tends to support a married, rather than a bachelor head of state. Dear readers, are there any similar expectations in your culture?
Illustrations and more photos coming later. See you soon readers, live long and prosper ✌️