We went to Nine Percent last night. It was a pretty classy place, but there was no one there on a Saturday night. That’s because the entire city of Taipei has migrated home to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families. It seems like that a majority of people come to the big city to work, but their parents and families are really in the outlying parts and mostly in the south, like in Taichung and Kaohsiung.
Today, we went back to my grandmother’s house for New Years’ Eve dinner. There was a huge spread of food which is offered to the ancestors first, while we went through the rituals of praying to them and burning spirit money for them. And then after the ancestors are satisfied, we get to dig in. I even got a red envelope from my uncle, which is usually the best part of Chinese New Year.