Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

At present started the 12 months of the Rabbit in response to many Asian culturesso I wish 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 individuals 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 inform you what my expertise was like. So yeah, immediately I am not going to speak to you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals…that are way more fascinating. The lifetime of a journey blogger is extra fascinating than the lifetime of a VR blogger, perhaps I ought to take into account a profession change 🙂

Earlier than I inform you about my expertise, I simply wish to level out that China is a big and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise you had could differ from that of different individuals you already know within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the jap facet of the nation, and likewise fairly north, and I am positive issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is farther south, won’t be fairly the identical. So do not take my expertise for example 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 principle 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 a number of crimson 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 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 critical events, or issues like that, it is extra about getting dwelling, 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 together with your family members, eat rather a lot, and provides items to one another. I served some good meals to my hosts, and so they gave me again the beautiful toy bunny you see within the profile image. And identical to at Christmas, normal actions aren’t so vital. I requested concerning the dragon present and was instructed that typically Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new 12 months, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and normally, Dragons don’t play a related position right here. Rattling, this has shattered my goals.

Then I bought it Meals can be crucial. After I bought dwelling within the early afternoon, the dad and mom of the household began making me style some Chinese language meals that’s not normally obtainable exterior. I do know a bit of Chinese language, however I am not expert sufficient to have the ability to keep 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 stuffed with scrumptious home made Chinese language meals, this I ate till my abdomen exploded. Whereas I used to be recovering from the hassle, somebody requested me “Would you want some sweets?”. I would actually explode, however I am Italian, and I can not say no when somebody affords 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 instructed me “Now we’re making dumplings”.

Actually…meals once more??

No, critically, 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 depart 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 efficient factor and will nonetheless turn out to be useful sooner or later.

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

Again on the couch, I believed that each one the meals I ate that day may very well be used to resolve world starvation. And after some time, I bought a brand new query: “Do you wish 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, individuals have been setting off fireworks, fireworks and different related gadgets, everywhere in the metropolis. After 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 stage: fireworks all over the place, all night time lengthy. After I went out to mild 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 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 can not think about the explosions up to now. I have been instructed that doing bangs is conventional to keep off 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 mild bonfires on the road sides and burn a particular sort of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship them some sort of reward. 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 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 dwelling needed to dodge just a few of them.

The TV is ready to CCTV 1, which is the principle 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 arduous for me to know Chinese language, and this present did not even have subtitles, so I used to be utterly misplaced. I regarded on the footage more often than not, however even right here I did not see any dragons. Rattling, they actually needed to make it arduous for me. However in all the present, I managed to get one joke proper, so a minimum of I had amusing. This was a web constructive, as a result of I am afraid laughing a lot my abdomen would possibly explode, so Not understanding something saved my life. In Italy, once we have fun the photo voltaic new 12 months, we normally 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 fireplace. Emergency mode was activated: I needed to instantly prepare for the celebration.

In the course of the night time I had a bit of 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 associates tasted like gasoline. Consuming a sip from a bottle purchased on the grocery store, I can verify 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.

Pleased New 12 months bunny to all

On the finish of the day, I can inform you that Spending the Lunar New 12 months right here was an gratifying 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 a beautiful Chinese language New 12 months and a Pleased Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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