New Year Countdown Tradition
in Sabah Borneo
Few more days for us to say goodbye to the year of 2017 and say hello to 2018! Countdown to the New Year is kind of a yearly tradition in my family, we will always celebrate it together to mark the last day of the year. Living in a modern Kadazan family in Sabah Borneo, here is how we celebrate the countdown of New Year.
Since my grandmother is living with us, our house became the “main” house for any celebrations. My uncles and aunties who are living far will come to my house to celebrate the New Year’s Eve celebration together.
During New Year’s Eve, one can hear the sound of meat being fried, vegetables being chopped on the cutting board, dishes being washed, cats playing around, people talking and laughing in the kitchen while soft music is being played in the background, which I know, not everyone bothers to listen to the music because we are being so loud…hahaha
As usual, the women will always be in the kitchen for food preparation for the party at night, while the men will be outside preparing the barbecue pit and cleaning up, the kids will be playing outside with each other or watching their favorite cartoon shows on the television. As for myself with my cousins, we will be busy filling up the balloons with water and the foldable swimming pool for New Year.
When the night comes and a variety of delicious home-cooked meal has been prepared, as well as the barbecue food are being served on the table, it is time to dig in! There is also a karaoke session, which the kids will always control the microphone; while the adults will be sitting together to chat, eat, and drink. Drinking booze during the party is a must not only for my family but also for other families who are living in Sabah Borneo.
As the clock shows 10 minutes before midnight, this is the part where we enjoy the most, as we will be outside by the poolside to standby for our “water-balloon fight”. Surprisingly, I can see the excitement coming not only from the kids’ face but from adults too, as they patiently wait for the clock to strike midnight. Tick Tock…Tick Tock.. the clock strikes midnight and the water-balloon fight begin! All of us will start to throw the water balloons at each other, laughing and shouting towards each other, while getting ourselves wet. Splashing water to each other for New Year to “wash” away the bad luck and as a celebration of a new beginning.
To sum up, that is how we celebrate our New Year countdown party and it is kind of a yearly tradition for my family celebrating together. So, what is your tradition for New Year countdown celebration? Apart from that, if you get a chance to spend your Borneo Holidays in Sabah Borneo for New Year, be sure to celebrate it with any local Kadazan family. I can assure you, you will be amazed by the warm welcome you will get and the enjoyable experience with them.
Related Article: ” New Year, New You!Creating your best Borneo Holidays for 2018.“
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