Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

At present started the 12 months of the Rabbit in response to many Asian culturesso I need to I want you all a beautiful Lunar New 12 months! I I hope it brings you all of the luck, success, enjoyable, cash, good well being, high quality time with the folks you’re keen on, intercourse (and hopefully good too) and no matter you dream up.

are you aware that This was the primary 12 months that I really celebrated Chinese language New 12 months in China, so I wish to take this event to let you know what my expertise was like. So yeah, right this moment I am not going to speak to you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals…that are far more fascinating. The lifetime of a journey blogger is extra fascinating than the lifetime of a VR blogger, possibly I ought to take into account a profession change 🙂

Earlier than I let you know about my expertise, I simply need to level out that China is a large and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise you had could differ from that of different folks within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the japanese facet of the nation, and likewise fairly north, and I am certain issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is farther south, may not be fairly the identical. So do not take my expertise for instance of what is taking place in all of China… It is simply my expertise.

My expectations for the Chinese language New 12 months celebrations have been the identical as these of the American film years. In lots of movies, the primary characters discover themselves within the Chinese language metropolis of some main American metropolis, simply on the time when the New 12 months celebrations are happening. And in these sequences, I might at all times see Many individuals are chanting within the streets Whereas there have been numerous purple lanterns within the sky and The performers create lengthy dragons that transfer round, Whereas some ritual songs are performed within the background. I used to be particularly curious to see the dragons present. And I am nonetheless curious that none of this occurred.

I simply needed to see this…

The festivities right here have been a lot totally different than I anticipated. To start with, I get it More often than not, it’s about spending some high quality time with your loved ones members. It isn’t about critical events, or issues like that, it is extra about getting residence, making ready for celebrations with your loved ones, cooking with them, consuming with them, and simply having fun with your private connections. It isn’t even about doing loopy issues with your loved ones, like bungee leaping, it is nearly being collectively. It’s kind of like Christmas for us Italians: You keep along with your family members, eat so much, and provides presents to one another. I served some good meals to my hosts, and so they gave me again the stunning toy bunny you see within the profile image. And identical to at Christmas, common actions should not so vital. I requested in regards to the dragon present and was informed that generally Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new 12 months, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and often, Dragons don’t play a related position right here. Rattling, this has shattered my desires.

Then I bought it Meals can be essential. Once I bought residence within the early afternoon, the dad and mom of the household began making me style some Chinese language meals that’s not often accessible exterior. I do know just a little Chinese language, however I am not expert sufficient to have the ability to preserve a full household dialog, so Wherever I do not know what to say, I ate issues. As they talked a lot, and understood so little, I spent the entire afternoon consuming an excessive amount of. I had already eaten sufficient when dinner was prepared, and it was filled with scrumptious home made Chinese language meals, this I ate till my abdomen exploded. Whereas I used to be recovering from the trouble, somebody requested me “Would you want some sweets?”. I would actually explode, however I am Italian, and I can not say no when somebody provides me some candy meals. So I am used to My secondary abdomen is simply too dedicated to sweets to eat some superb cake.

I can not say no to cake, actually (Picture from Reddit)

I used to be like a blowfish mendacity on the couch and my abdomen exploded when the daughter of the household informed me “Now we’re making dumplings”.

Actually…meals once more??

No, significantly, I needed to invoke the Geneva Conference to keep away from making dumplings. However it’s a conventional factor for households in northern China, and saying no can be very offensive, so I helped them make dumplings. I hoped we might make it and go away it on the desk like a ornament, however the steps after that have been cooked and eaten. I used to be given a full plate of meat pies, which have been superb. Yesterday I came upon that I even have a 3rd abdomen for dumplings. Which is an effective factor and will nonetheless turn out to be useful sooner or later.

A part of the dumplings that we have now ready. There’s additionally an unique within the type of Italian dumplings

Again on the couch, I assumed that every one the meals I ate that day could possibly be used to unravel world starvation. And after some time, I bought a brand new query: “Do you need to eat some fruit?”.

I can not say no

Seems the one dragons I noticed have been in my intestine all night time.

That is what I felt inside for hours

The opposite factor that stunned me was the fireworks. All through the night, folks have been setting off fireworks, fireworks and different related objects, everywhere in the metropolis. Once I regarded out the window, I might see that in no matter course I regarded, somebody was in that a part of city blowing one thing up. We additionally launched issues to rejoice the New 12 months in Italy, however this was on one other degree: fireworks in every single place, all night time lengthy. Once I went out to gentle some sparklers myself too (to keep away from consuming for 10 minutes), There was a relentless noise of explosions… It was like being in a struggle zone. I have been informed that the extent of fireworks remains to be underwhelming when in comparison with 5 years in the past… And if that’s disappointing, I can not think about the explosions prior to now. I have been informed that doing bangs is conventional to push back evil spirits for the brand new 12 months, so it is a part of the festivities.

One thing I didn’t anticipate in any respect was that individuals would gentle bonfires on the road sides and burn a particular form of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship them some form of present. There’s a special occasion devoted to this celebration, however many individuals right here have been nonetheless doing this ritual on New 12 months’s Eve as a result of it’s a essential day. I did not take an image of the disrespect of this intimate second, however in any case it was one thing very distinctive to me, particularly for the reason that taxi that introduced me residence needed to dodge a couple of of them.

The TV is about to CCTV 1, which is the primary TV channel right here. There was a TV present devoted to the brand new 12 months, with some enjoyable sketches and a few conventional songs and ballets. The issue is that it is already laborious for me to know Chinese language, and this present did not even have subtitles, so I used to be fully misplaced. I regarded on the photos more often than not, however even right here I did not see any dragons. Rattling, they actually needed to make it laborious for me. However in all the present, I managed to get one joke proper, so a minimum of I had amusing. This was a internet constructive, as a result of I am afraid laughing a lot my abdomen may explode, so Not understanding something saved my life. In Italy, once we rejoice the photo voltaic new 12 months, we often have a timer on a regular basis displayed on the display, nevertheless it seems that within the CCTV present they solely begin counting down when it is -10 seconds to midnight. I WAS TOTALLY COOL WHEN OHMYGODITS10SECONDSNOWWEHAVETOMAKEATOAST. It was as if the firefighters heard the bell and needed to hurry up and go put out some hearth. Emergency mode was activated: I needed to instantly prepare for the celebration.

In the midst of the night time I had just a little pleasure. I made a decision to pattern the Chinese language beijiu, which I used to be informed prior to now by a few of my associates tasted like gasoline. Consuming a sip from a bottle purchased on the grocery store, I can affirm that it tastes like petrol, and given the value of gasoline in Italy at current, I believe we must always take into account it a viable various to place in our automobiles.

Completely happy New 12 months bunny to all

On the finish of the day, I can let you know that Spending the Lunar New 12 months right here was an gratifying expertise. It was very totally different than I anticipated, extra private and intimate than insanely enjoyable, however I am glad I skilled it. And with that heat in my coronary heart, As soon as once more I want you a beautiful Chinese language New 12 months and a Completely happy Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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