I wish you all a very happy and prosperous
Year of the Dragon!
|I have an affinity for Chinese kites and I may tell you why someday ... how's that for cryptic?|
|This photo was taken in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Gorgeous stonework.|
Photo credit: samhakes from morguefile.com
I remember when we lived in China how loud Chinese New Year was. Firecrackers exploded outside our windows day and night for a week.
I feel a little nostalgic that we're missing all the excitement--my crazy friends launching stuffed animals on rockets into the sky, for instance.
I remember lying in bed and watching a firework display directly outside my bedroom window. People spent hundreds, thousands of kuai on firepower. The more they purchased and fired off, the more good luck they were supposed to have in the coming year.
How about you? Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year? Any memories? What Chinese zodiac sign are you (and that's not considered a pick-up line in Asia, so don't feel weird answering)? In full disclosure, I'm a snake.
As we say in Hong Kong (Cantonese):
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
And in Mainland China (Mandarin):
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
("May you become prosperous!")