|New Year's Breakfast Sent by Friend|
Happy New Year! Wish each and every one of you a blessed new year, filled with good health, happiness, prosperity and love.
Daughter and I stayed up to greet the New Year - we watched the ball drop at Times Square in New York on the TV and toasted the New Year with sparkling apple cider. Then, I followed Sri Lankan customs and boiled a pan of milk on the stove and made "kiri-bath", which means milk-rice - it is rice cooked in milk (sort of like rice pudding, but a firmer texture and not sweet). Milk rice is usually eaten with a spicy onion mixture, known as "lunu-miris" and/or palm sugar which is known as "juggery". Daughter doesn't care for the taste of juggery, so she prefers to eat her milk rice with white sugar. I sometimes substitute brown sugar for juggery. I also lit a candle at the altar and said a prayer for good health in the New Year.
Then, this morning, there was a knock on my front door - one of my friends had brought New Year's Day breakfast for us: two pieces of milk rice, spicy onion mixture in small containers, kokis (rosettes), pink and white homemade marshmallows, muscat (a kind of fudge-like candy generally known as halwa), cake, cookies, candy, and bananas (it is customary to have bananas with milk rice and the spicy onions on New Year's Day). What a lovely blessing!
I am watching a re-run of the Rose Parade on TV, as I type this. One year, my mother, daughter, and I went to Pasadena to watch the Rose Parade in person. We had been invited to breakfast at the house of a friend who lived near the parade route, and after breakfast, we all walked over to the route to watch the parade. It was a nice experience, but, it's a lot more comfortable to watch it on TV while seated on the sofa!
I don't have any plans for the rest of the day. In years past, we've gone to New Year's Day open house/lunch at an aunt's house, but of course, this year, I am staying away from large gatherings to minimize exposure to catching a cold or cough. So, I think I will simply do some knitting and maybe a bit of tidying up.
I also reviewed the New Year's resolutions I made for 2015 - unfortunately, as usual with such New Year's resolutions, I didn't make a lot of progress with them! I need to rethink my resolutions for 2016 and will be back with them in another post.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being alive to greet another New Year!
- Caring friends who are so giving of themselves.
- Family and friends calling to wish Happy New Year.
- A lovely, sunny day.
Do you have special foods you eat on New Year's day? Any New Year's day traditions and customs?