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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chinese New Years Eve

Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Happy Chinese New Year!

It's the Year of the Tiger. Roar! Chinese New Year is a family holiday, on par with Thanksgiving or Christmas in the US, so everyone goes home to be with their families, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves. I asked my Chinese coworkers what I can do to celebrate the new year - are there any parades with dancing dragons or festivals to attend? No, they said, everyone will be at home with their loved ones. Hm. Must be a US thing then.

On Chinese New Years Eve there was a steady stream of fireworks all night long, especially the loud ones. Other than that, the area around where I live was pretty quiet. The shops closed up early & there was no one on the street.

Then at midnight all hell broke loose. There were so many firecrackers that it sounded like a war zone out there. I was going to go outside to take photos when I noticed that people were setting off fireworks in the hallway of the apartment building. Better to stay inside & take photos from my balcony.

The cacophony ended just before 1:00am. Welcome the Tiger!


wesridley said...

Nancy..from Wes Ridley....Espanol classes 08-09
now with Brenda at Spanish Learning Cntr..and Tom Sluman. It is tough for me....but fun.
Doing mucho espanol....mucho music. mucho painting. [everything is 'mucho']
Hope you are well and o.k. o.k. here with me.

Nancy Lewis said...

¡Hola Wes! Nice to hear from you. I'm glad to hear that you're keeping up with Spanish. With all this Chinese floating around in my brain, I'm afraid of forgetting mine.