Happy Chinese New Year/ 新年快樂!
Today is Chinese New Year, as you can already tell by the title of this post (and the fact that I’ve already written it three times…).
Any case, today is the first day of the new year, with celebrations that usually last a week in which we spend time with family and loved ones, ringing in the new year with lots of food, gifts, and festivities. From cleaning the house the eve of to dragon and lion dances on the street, it’s without a doubt that we go all-out for this time of the year, although at the same time keep it respectful and venerable when it comes to its roots: of being humble, hard-working, and overall developing a better character than the one from the year before.
What makes this year special is that it’s the year of the Rooster: I was born in the year of the Rooster, and so this year especially resonates with me. Just like with Western horoscopes, with having a representative animal comes with some characteristics: apparently, I’m hardworking, quick-witted, and perseverant, while at the same time being too proud and stuck-up…which admittedly, I can be at times. Don’t judge…
This is the second Chinese New Year which I’m not spending at home with my family, since I’m currently abroad in France. While it’s too bad that I can’t celebrate the festivities at home with good company and good food, at least I can acknowledge the celebrations by messaging and otherwise Skyping with my family back home- really, with the growth of technology nowadays, it’s possible to stay in touch with others easier than ever!
Whether or not you celebrate Chinese New Year or not, I wish you the best for this new year and may everything be in your favor. Enjoy your day!
— The Finicky Cynic
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