SINGAPORE: Growing up, Chinese New Year's (CNY) eve was riddled with my mum's "standard operating procedures"- odd things that she needed us to do. At the stroke of midnight, Dad, as head of the household, would dutifully open the front gate to symbolically welcome good luck. My sisters and I would be sent to switch on all the lights in the house, to signal a year filled with brightness and light. THE LOGIC OF TRADITION Years later, my sister and I still repeat this ritual – at our respective households – to usher in the new year. LISTEN: Heart of the Matter – Will you give an e-hongbao this Chinese New Year? Of course we wondered the need to do so in the first place, and whether leveraging technology could simplify the process. With smart homes today, it wouldn't take much to programme all the lights to be switched on at midnight. But yet, despite these conveniences, we still continue these sometime illogical rituals. There's a part of me that wants to pass on these traditions from my elders – who are not getting any younger – to my kids. There is hope that, just like me, they too will unquestionably… Read full this story
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