Some of the following decorations I purchased from a small local store. The big rabbits were given to Mark and I by the building management.
At the local flower market baby bunnies of many varieties are sold year round. Since it is year of the rabbit, lots more rabbits are being sold as pets. One lady said last year she sold about 10 a week, this year between 20 and 30 a day.
Mark brought this bunny piggy bank back for me from Changzhi, as one night he ate at the local “Dicos” chicken restaurant. It is so cute when you put a coin in the back it giggles and says “I love you” in English.
Everything you always wanted to know about the Chinese New Year, but were afraid to ask.
It might be difficult to get through Chinese New Year (CYN) without getting nagged by someone for breaking a superstition. I have learned that Chinese people are very superstitious, so here are a few.
Snip snip: According to tradition, you should not get your hair cut during the first lunar month. You’d cut away your good luck for the year and put a curse on your maternal uncles. Washing your hair is also considered washing away your good luck. I wonder can I go a month without washing my hair?!?!?!
Brand new threads: Wearing newly bought clothes raises spirits and adds to the festive atmosphere, but don’t wear black or white, black is a symbol of bad luck and white is the traditional Funeral color.
Watch your tongue: Trash talk takes on evil connotations during CNY. Speak badly during this period and it will haunt you for the year ahead.
Clean house: A new year means a new start. Having a good sweep-out rids your home of evil spirits, just don’t do it on the first day or you will sweep away all your good fortune or luck.
Will write more tomorrow.
Today I had a great conversation with the cabbie, asked his name, family name, how many children, was he cold, hungry, tired, thirsty, did he like Beijing, told him my cell phone number, where the building was. He was probably ready for a break when I got out of the cab.
Then I was the only student in the class for the first 40 minutes. Nervous Nelly I was. She tested me on some numbers up to 1,000 and only made one mistake, so then we practiced some dialogue and then the Mexican couple showed up. Class got a little easier. I am ready for the weekend.