Let us stop and think for a minute, what has been the subtle impact of technology on our practice of new year traditional custom? Be it Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Pursa, or other festive celebrations for other races?
Has technology disrupted the traditional custom of the new year?
Absolutely! Technology is everywhere:
- Online purchase of new year goodies,
- Exchange of new year greetings via WhatsApp and other social media platforms,
- Publishing of selfies and wefies photos of gatherings on social media platforms,
- Organizing and storing digital media on the Cloud storage.
Overall is the impact of technology positive or distracting?
Attitudes towards the changes to traditional custom behaviour vary. On the one hand, Skype has helped to bring relatives and friends across the globe closer. On the other hand, those who have been slow in embracing technology are feeling the impact.
Technology is here to stay.
How do we minimize its negative impact? Here are some ideas about electronic collages or scrapbooks that might be useful:
- Create personalized New Year Card
Convert traditional new year cards digitally, and augment them with handwritten messages to make them more personalized.
- Blend photos digitally
Add pictures relate to the Chinese New Year for further personalization that makes the collage unique and special for the year.
- Design a collage for the new year
Make one memorable collage for the year composed of family activities such as reunion dinners and social visit activities.
The New Year is a time for bonding, time for relationships, and time for togetherness. Let us engage our families in creativity and fun to create memories to live on long after the new year.