Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

As we speak started the 12 months of the Rabbit in line with many Asian culturesso I need 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.

have you learnt that This was the primary yr that I really celebrated Chinese language New 12 months in China, so I want to take this event to inform you what my expertise was like. So yeah, right now 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, possibly I ought to think about a profession change 🙂

Earlier than I inform you about my expertise, I simply need to level out that China is a large and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise you had could differ from that of different individuals you realize within the nation. I am in Qingdao, which is on the jap aspect of the nation, and likewise 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 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 quite a lot 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 wished to see this…

The festivities right here have been a lot totally different than I anticipated. Initially, I get it More often than not, it’s about spending some high quality time with your loved ones members. It is not 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 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 quite a bit, 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 similar to at Christmas, basic actions aren’t so vital. I requested in regards to the dragon present and was informed that generally Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new yr, but it surely’s not yearly, and normally, Dragons don’t play a related position right here. Rattling, this has shattered my desires.

Then I obtained it Meals can also be crucial. Once I obtained house within the early afternoon, the mother and father of the household began making me style some Chinese language meals that isn’t normally out there outdoors. 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 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 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 can 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 have been cooked and eaten. I used to be given a full plate of meat pies, which have been superb. Yesterday I discovered that I even have a 3rd abdomen for dumplings. Which is an effective 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 believed that each one the meals I ate that day could possibly be used to resolve world starvation. And after some time, I obtained a brand new query: “Do you need to eat some fruit?”.

I am unable to say no

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

That is what I felt inside for hours

The opposite factor that shocked me was the fireworks. All through the night, individuals have been setting off fireworks, fireworks and different comparable gadgets, everywhere in the metropolis. Once I regarded out the window, I may see that in no matter course 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 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 conflict zone. I have been informed that the extent of fireworks continues 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 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 count on 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 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 because the taxi that introduced me house needed to dodge a couple of 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 yr, with some enjoyable sketches and a few conventional songs and ballets. The issue is that it is already exhausting for me to grasp 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 exhausting for me. However in the whole present, I managed to get one joke proper, so at the very least I had amusing. This was a web optimistic, as a result of I am afraid laughing a lot my abdomen may explode, so Not understanding something saved my life. In Italy, once we have a good time the photo voltaic new yr, we normally have a timer on a regular basis displayed on the display screen, but it surely 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 evening I had a bit of pleasure. I made a decision to pattern the Chinese language beijiu, which I used to be informed up to now by a few of my pals 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 value of gas in Italy at current, I believe we must always think about it a viable various to place in our vehicles.

Comfortable 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 satisfying expertise. It was very totally 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 Comfortable Sunday! And I hope you see some dragons too…

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