Take me to church…

Oh no!!! It’s Sunday already and the week-long Chinese New Year break has come to an end. That means that we will be making our way to our girl’s school in the jungle today before school resumes tomorrow.

This is the church…

St Mary's Sibu

…that we frequent here but we would usually go for the novena and the sunset service on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, we would be busy preparing this and that for my girl for the week ahead so it would not be so convenient for us to go then, only when we do not have a choice like when we have something on the previous night.

We did, however, go for the special Chinese New Year service at the usual time for all the Sunday morning masses here (7.30 a.m.) on the 1st day of the new year that day and we only got to eat the longevity noodles…

Mee sua

…the mee sua in our traditional Foochow red wine chicken soup after we came back, not the first thing in the morning like what we would usually do before.

The place was gaily and appropriately decorated…

CNY 1

…for the auspicious occasion…

CNY 2

…here…

CNY 3

…there…

CNY 4

…and everywhere…

CNY 5

At the end of the service, there was the customary setting off of firecrackers…

Firecrackers

…and the distribution of ang paos…

Ang pao

…to all present and also oranges…

Oranges

…two per person.

We did bring our own…

Our own

…though – we were encouraged to do that so we would have more than just two specially-blessed oranges to usher in the brand new year.

It certainly got off to a good start, our Year of the Pig, don’t you think so?

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

4 thoughts on “Take me to church…”

  1. Wow! The Church do have the CNY atmosphere and nicely decorated too. It is good to go to church to usher in the new year. God bless everyone in the New Year to come.

    Kudos to the people concerned for their effort – it sure helps get everyone in the festive mood.

  2. I like the simple decor of the Church to make eveyone feel the CNY atmosphere. Our Church also have this special CNY services on the first day.

    Yes, it is best not to go overboard with those CNY decorations. Once I overdid it and people who came to my house said it looked like a temple. Tsk! Tsk!

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