Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

Right now started the 12 months of the Rabbit based on 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.

have you learnt that This was the primary yr that I truly celebrated Chinese language New 12 months in China, so I want to take this event to let you know what my expertise was like. So yeah, in the present day 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 think about 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 could differ from that of different individuals within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the japanese aspect of the nation, and in addition fairly north, and I am certain issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is farther south, won’t 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 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 going down. And in these sequences, I might at all times see Many individuals are chanting within the streets Whereas there have been a whole lot of pink 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 wished to see this…

The festivities right here had been a lot completely 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 is not about critical 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 is not 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 rather a lot, 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 similar to at Christmas, basic actions should not so necessary. I requested in regards to the dragon present and was informed that typically Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new yr, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and often, Dragons don’t play a related function right here. Rattling, this has shattered my goals.

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’s not often obtainable outdoors. I do know slightly 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 stuffed with scrumptious selfmade 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 might actually explode, however I am Italian, and I can not say no when somebody gives 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, critically, I wished 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 might 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 have now 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 unravel world starvation. And after some time, I acquired a brand new query: “Do you wish to eat some fruit?”.

I can not say no

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

That is what I felt inside for hours

The opposite factor that stunned me was the fireworks. All through the night, individuals had 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 route I regarded, somebody was in that a part of city blowing one thing up. We additionally launched issues to have a good time the New 12 months in Italy, however this was on one other degree: fireworks in all places, all evening lengthy. Once I went out to mild 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 battle 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 yr, so it is a part of the festivities.

One thing I didn’t anticipate in any respect was that folks would mild 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 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 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 yr, 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 fully misplaced. I regarded on the footage more often than not, however even right here I did not see any dragons. Rattling, they actually wished to make it arduous for me. However in the whole present, I managed to get one joke proper, so no less than I had amusing. This was a web 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 a good time the photo voltaic new yr, we often have a timer on a regular basis displayed on the display screen, 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 evening I had slightly 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 pals 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 worth of gas in Italy at current, I believe we must always think about it a viable various to place in our automobiles.

Completely satisfied 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 pleasurable 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 Completely satisfied Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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