Jakarta: February 5th marked the start of the 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year, also the Year of Pig. The fast and furious World No. 1 men’s doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon were also taking some time off to celebrate the Chinese New Year with family and friends.
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo spent the Chinese New Year holiday by visiting his brother in Jakarta. While celebrating Chinese New Year, he likes to eat some Chinese food and of course accepting Angpau because he’s not married yet. Angpau or HongBao in (Mandarin) is a Chinese tradition that provide monetary gift during holidays or special occasions such as weddings, graduation or the birth of a baby inside a red envelop.
However, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon who just tied the knot with his wife last year, has prepared some Angpau to be given to his brothers.
“I am enjoying the celebration with family at my brother’s house. My dad and mom also came to Jakarta to celebrate the Lunar New Year with us,” said Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo to Indonesian media.
“As part of the Chinese tradition, we usually gather with family members, eat some food and get Angpau, ha ha ha. My New Year’s wishes would be to achieve better results in 2019 compared to previous years,” said Sukamuljo who gets a one-day off from training to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Meanwhile, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon didn’t not go anywhere but stayed home with his wife and his baby boy who was born on January 29, 2019.
“I didn’t go anywhere because there is still training. I also didn’t gather with big group of family members because the baby is still too young, and I afraid he will get sick. Other than that, we usually would gather at my grand mom’s house,” said Gideon.
“Things that I miss the most in Chinese New Year are seeing family members, and getting Angpau as part of the tradition. This year, I have prepared the Angpau and have asked my parents to distribute them to my brothers. When I was younger, I was always happy to accept Angpau. And now, I’m happy to be able to make my own money and not to ask money from my parents,” added Gideon.