At the moment has began the 12 months of the Rabbit in response to many Asian cultures, so I wish to want you all an ideal new lunar 12 months! I hope it should convey you all luck, success, enjoyable, cash, good well being, high quality time with the individuals you’re keen on, intercourse (hopefully a high quality one, too), and no matter you dream of getting.
You realize that this has been the primary 12 months I’ve truly celebrated the Chinese language new 12 months in China, so I wish to take this event to let you know how has been my expertise. So sure, at this time I received’t communicate with you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals… that are rather more fascinating. The lifetime of the journey blogger is rather more fulfilling than the one of many VR blogger, perhaps I ought to take into account altering my career 🙂
Earlier than telling you about my expertise I simply wish to make clear that China is a gigantic and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise I lived might differ from the one in every of different individuals within the nation. I’m in Qingdao, which is on the East aspect of the nation, additionally fairly on the North, and I’m positive that issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is within the far South, might not be completely the identical. So don’t take my expertise for example of what occurs in the entire China… it’s simply my expertise.
My expectations for the Chinese language New Yr celebrations had been the identical that years of American films gave me. In lots of films, the principle characters discover themselves within the China City of some massive American metropolitan metropolis, in the meanwhile when there are celebrations for the brand new 12 months. And in these sequences, I may all the time see many individuals cheering within the streets whereas there have been plenty of crimson lanterns within the sky and performers creating lengthy dragons that transfer round, whereas some ritual songs play within the background. I used to be particularly curious to see the dragons’ present. And I’m nonetheless curious as a result of nothing of this occurred.
The celebrations right here have been a lot totally different than I anticipated. Initially, I understood that more often than not, it’s nearly spending some high quality time with the individuals of your loved ones. It isn’t about partying onerous, or issues like that, it’s extra about returning house, getting ready the 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’s nearly being collectively. It’s a bit like Christmas for us Italians: you keep together with your beloved ones, you eat loads, and also you make presents to one another. I gifted some good meals to my hosts, and so they gifted me again the stunning rabbit toy that you simply see within the profile image. And precisely like in our Christmas, public actions should not tremendous necessary. I requested concerning the dragons’ present and I’ve been instructed that typically town of Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new 12 months, however it’s not yearly, and normally, dragons don’t play a related position right here. Rattling, this shattered my desires.
Then, I received that meals is essential, too. After I arrived on the home within the early afternoon, the dad and mom of the household began to make me style some Chinese language meals that’s normally not out there overseas. I do know a little bit of Chinese language, however I’m not expert sufficient to have the ability to maintain an entire household dialog, so wherever I didn’t know what to say, I simply ate stuff. Since they spoke loads, and I understood little or no, I simply spent the entire afternoon consuming loads. I had already eaten sufficient when then dinner was prepared, and it was filled with scrumptious selfmade Chinese language meals, that I ate till my abdomen was exploding. Whereas I used to be recovering from this effort, somebody requested me “Would you like some sweeties?”. I used to be actually exploding, however I’m Italian, and I can’t say no when somebody presents me some candy meals. So I used my secondary abdomen devoted to desserts to eat some great desserts.
I used to be actually like a pufferfish, laying on the couch with my two stomachs exploding when the daughter of the household instructed me “now we make dumplings”.
No, severely, I wished to invoke the Geneva conference to keep away from getting ready the dumplings. However it’s a standard factor of the households of Northern China, and saying no can be fairly offensive, so I helped them in making the dumplings. I hoped that we may simply make them and depart them on the desk like ornament, however the steps after have been cooking them and consuming them. I’ve so been given a full dish of meat dumplings, which had been great. Yesterday I’ve so found that I’ve additionally a 3rd abdomen devoted to dumplings. Which is an efficient factor and will show to nonetheless be helpful sooner or later.
Again to the couch, I believed that every one the meals I ate that day may very well be used to unravel world starvation. And after some time, I obtained a brand new query: “Do you wish to eat some fruit?”.
Seems to be that the one dragons I noticed had been those in my intestines for the entire night time.
One other factor that struck me was the fireworks. The entire night there have been individuals exploding firecrackers, fireworks, and different related stuff, in all elements of town. Trying exterior the window, I may see that in no matter route I appeared, there was somebody in that a part of town exploding one thing. We additionally hearth up stuff to have fun the brand new 12 months in Italy, however this was at one other degree: fireworks in all places, the entire night time. After I went exterior to mild some sparkles myself too (to keep away from consuming for 10 minutes), there was a continuing noise of explosions… it was like being in a warzone. I’ve been instructed that truly, the extent of fireworks was nonetheless underwhelming if in comparison with 5 years in the past… and if that’s underwhelming, I can’t think about the bombings occurring up to now. I’ve been instructed that making explosions is a standard factor to repel evil spirits for the brand new 12 months, so it’s all a part of the celebrations.
One thing I wasn’t completely anticipating was the individuals turning on fires within the sides of the road and burning a particular sort of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship some form of presents to them. There’s a big day devoted to this celebration, however many individuals right here had been nonetheless doing this ritual on the New Yr’s Eve as a result of it’s a vital day. I’ve not taken an image to not disrespect this intimate second, however it was anyway one thing fairly distinctive for me to see, particularly as a result of the taxi that returned me house needed to dodge just a few of them.
The TV was set on 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, some conventional songs, and ballets. The issue is that it’s already onerous for me to grasp Chinese language, and this present didn’t even have subtitles, so I used to be like completely misplaced. I appeared on the photographs more often than not, however even right here I did spot no dragons. Rattling, they actually wished to make it onerous for me. However in the entire present, I managed to get one joke, so at the very least I had amusing. This was a web constructive, as a result of I’m afraid that laughing an excessive amount of my stomach may explode, so not understanding something saved my life. In Italy after we have fun the photo voltaic new 12 months, we normally have a counter of the time on a regular basis displayed on the display screen, however it seems that on the CCTV present they begin counting down solely when it’s -10 seconds from midnight. I used to be completely chill when OHMYGODITS10SECONDSNOWWEHAVETOMAKEATOAST. It was like when firefighters hear the bell and so they must rush and go to extinguish some hearth. Emergency mode activated: I needed to put together instantly to have fun.
At midnight I had a bit cheer. I made a decision to style the Chinese language baijiu liquor, which I used to be instructed up to now by some buddies of mine that tastes like gasoline. Consuming a sip of a bottle of it purchased on the grocery store, I can affirm that it tastes like gasoline, and contemplating the worth of the gasoline these days in Italy, I feel we should always take into account it as a legitimate substitute to place in our vehicles.
On the finish of day, I can let you know that spending the lunar new 12 months right here was a nice expertise. Completely totally different from the one I anticipated, it was extra private and intimate than one in every of loopy enjoyable, however I really feel joyful of getting lived it. And with this heat in my coronary heart, I want you once more a beautiful new Chinese language 12 months and a contented Sunday! And I hope you will note some dragons, too…
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