How will you celebrate your own festival in a different country?

@Marmot (590)
United States
February 1, 2011 8:47pm CST
Tomorrow will be the Spring Festival in China. It is the most important festival in China and all Chinese treat it seriously. People do a lot of things to celebrate it. Such like get together the whole family and have a big dinner with dumplings, watch the Evening Party holds by CCTV, playing firecrackers and so on. But for those Chinese who are living out China, they can't do these. Most of them will feel lonely and miss their family so much. But the only thing they can do is calling. So, what do you do when you celebrate festivals in a foreign country?
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• India
17 Feb 11
We hindus have tons of festivals, each day is one, we celbrate them as per religious guidelines, even if we are abroad we go by the norms we also celebrate birthdays, marriage anniversary etc Thanks for sharing Cheers. God bless you, have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. .
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 11
Our country Malaysia has a great number of Chinese and the whole country is observing the Chinese New Year by having two days public holidays to celebrate the CNY. The celebration here is no difference from what is celebrated in the heart of chinese motherland, China. So loneliness do not arise when it comes to the Spring Festival in a foreign land.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 11
I wish you Happy Chinese New Year too. Here in Malaysia we don't call it Spring Festival but simply Chinese New Year. 'Kong Si Fatt Chai' to you you.
@Marmot (590)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Yeah, there are so many Chinese people abroad and most of them are in the other countries in Asia. But this is the first time I hear that a foreign country will celebrate Chinese New Year in national wide. Those Chinese must feel very good and happy while celebrating Spring Festival with your Malaysian. Happy Spring Festival~~
@laken02 (3065)
• United States
2 Feb 11
in the us we have lots of festivals, here were i live we have the horse festival but from my hometown we have what is called apple day were everyone gets together and walks around and eats good food and talks and have contest and win prizes and have beauty pagents and they sell neat crafts and everyone has a great time people come from far... to go to appleday.. and everyone has a great time...
@Marmot (590)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Yeah, I think there are more festivals in US than China, and people celebrate them in many different ways. I think American festivals are very interesting and well celebrated. Especially those big festivals like Halloween in NYC and New Year's Eve in Times Square.
• China
2 Feb 11
I live in foreign country and i know how painful it is to celebrate any festival without family member. well i just cook something good in my home, have dinner with my friends and sometime go outside for visiting some good place. And of course i contact with my family member by phone, internet.
@Marmot (590)
• United States
2 Feb 11
I am Chinese and study in US now. This is the first time I celebrate Spring Festival out of my country. Although there are a lot of friends here with me, but I still feel lonely and miss my family.
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@tkonlinevn (6455)
• Vietnam
19 Feb 11
I have never had this experience. But If I must be far my country in a traditional festival, I'll try to do some basic thing in this occasion to keep the air of my hometown.
@lutphie (142)
• Indonesia
2 Feb 11
A few days before that time, I go find some friends that are from my country. Renting a house or place or ask a friend to permit us to celebrate a little festival in his or her house. Celebrating together with friends or family from our same country make us just like in our own country.
@lutphie (142)
• Indonesia
2 Feb 11
Gong Xi Fat Chay...
@KrauseHome (36448)
• United States
17 Feb 11
Personally I think their is always that drawback of Traditions and such when you are in another country wanting to keep something from your own country alive. I think a lot of it is due to the customs of the people around you, and the religious beliefs, etc. as well. I know a lot of people around here gather together and Celebrate in groups when there is things like Chinese New Year, etc. and just keep it all to their little areas trying not to disturb others as well.
• China
2 Feb 11
I live in foreign country and i know how painful it is to celebrate any festival without family member. well i just cook something good in my home, have dinner with my friends and sometime go outside for visiting some good place. And of course i contact with my family member by phone, internet.