Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

Right now started the 12 months of the Rabbit in response to many Asian culturesso I wish to I want you all an exquisite 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 individuals you’re keen on, intercourse (and hopefully good too) and no matter you dream up.

are you aware that This was the primary yr 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, at the moment I am not going to speak to you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals…that are rather more attention-grabbing. The lifetime of a journey blogger is extra attention-grabbing than the lifetime of a VR blogger, perhaps I ought to contemplate a profession change 🙂

Earlier than I let you know about my expertise, I simply wish to level out that China is a large and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise you had might differ from that of different individuals you already know within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the japanese aspect 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 occurring in all of China… It is simply my expertise.

My expectations for the Chinese language New 12 months celebrations had 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 may at all times see Many individuals are chanting within the streets Whereas there have been plenty of 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 had been a lot completely different than I anticipated. To begin 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 severe events, or issues like that, it is extra about getting house, 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 is a bit like Christmas for us Italians: You keep together with your family members, eat lots, and provides items 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, basic actions are usually not so essential. I requested in regards to the dragon present and was instructed that typically Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new yr, however it’s not yearly, and often, Dragons don’t play a related function right here. Rattling, this has shattered my desires.

Then I acquired it Meals can also be crucial. Once I acquired house within the early afternoon, the mother and father of the household began making me style some Chinese language meals that isn’t often accessible outdoors. 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 do-it-yourself 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 am unable to say no when somebody affords me some candy meals. So I am used to My secondary abdomen is just too dedicated to sweets to eat some superb cake.

I am unable to 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 instructed me “Now we’re making dumplings”.

Actually…meals once more??

No, severely, 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 could be very offensive, so I helped them make dumplings. I hoped we may make it and go away it on the desk like a ornament, however the steps after that had been cooked and eaten. I used to be given a full plate of meat pies, which had been superb. Yesterday I discovered that I even have a 3rd abdomen for dumplings. Which is an efficient factor and will nonetheless come in useful sooner or later.

A part of the dumplings that we’ve got ready. There may be additionally an unique within the type of Italian dumplings

Again on the couch, I assumed that each one the meals I ate that day might be used to unravel world starvation. And after some time, I acquired a brand new query: “Do you wish to eat some fruit?”.

I am unable to say no

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

That is what I felt inside for hours

The opposite factor that shocked me was the fireworks. All through the night, individuals had been setting off fireworks, fireworks and different related objects, all around the metropolis. Once I regarded out the window, I may see that in no matter path I regarded, somebody was in that a part of city blowing one thing up. We additionally launched issues to have fun the New 12 months in Italy, however this was on one other degree: fireworks in all places, 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 continuing noise of explosions… It was like being in a warfare zone. I have been instructed that the extent of fireworks remains to be underwhelming when in comparison with 5 years in the past… And if that’s disappointing, I am unable to think about the explosions up to now. I have been instructed that doing bangs is conventional to push back evil spirits for the brand new yr, so it is a part of the festivities.

One thing I didn’t anticipate in any respect was that folks would gentle bonfires on the road sides and burn a particular form of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship them some form of reward. There’s a big day devoted to this celebration, however many individuals right here had been nonetheless doing this ritual on New 12 months’s Eve as a result of it’s a crucial 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 house needed to dodge a number 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 yr, with some enjoyable sketches and a few conventional songs and ballets. The issue is that it is already onerous for me to grasp Chinese language, and this present did not even have subtitles, so I used to be utterly 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 onerous 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, after we have fun the photo voltaic new yr, we often have a timer on a regular basis displayed on the display screen, however 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 fireplace. Emergency mode was activated: I needed to instantly prepare for the celebration.

In the course 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 instructed up to now by a few of my buddies tasted like gasoline. Ingesting a sip from a bottle purchased on the grocery store, I can affirm that it tastes like petrol, and given the worth of gasoline in Italy at current, I believe we should always contemplate it a viable various to place in our automobiles.

Blissful 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 pleasing expertise. It was very completely 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 an exquisite Chinese language New 12 months and a Blissful Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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