新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè): Part II

We last left off with yesterday’s post about the big lead up to Spring Festival (better known as Chinese New Year), our adventures around town, my first squat toilet experience and an offering of blessings of love, hope and good fortune for 2016.  According to the Chinese calendar, it is year 4714 and the Year of the (fire) Monkey.  Just like any culture and religion, there are many symbolic things to do, food to consume and rituals to perform.  With that being said, Paul and I were extremely excited to take in as much as we could and to fully immerse ourselves in the moment. Continue reading

新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè): Part I

For the week leading up to Spring Festival, or commonly known as Chinese New Year, there has been an exciting buzz around town. The grocery stores are jam-packed with shoppers getting ready for the week long celebration. It is customary for people to thoroughly clean their home on the eve of Spring Festival Eve to get rid of bad luck and to make way for incoming good luck. Houses are decorated with red lanterns and entrance doors are adorned with wishes of luck, happiness, wealth, good fortune and longevity. Chinese believe that the color red means Continue reading