Right now has began the yr of the Rabbit in keeping with many Asian cultures, so I need to want you all an ideal new lunar yr! I hope it can deliver you all luck, success, enjoyable, cash, good well being, high quality time with the folks you like, intercourse (hopefully a high quality one, too), and no matter you dream of getting.
You realize that this has been the primary yr I’ve truly celebrated the Chinese language new yr in China, so I need to take this event to inform you how has been my expertise. So sure, at this time I gained’t communicate with you about fields of view or frames per second, however about enjoyable and meals… that are way more attention-grabbing. The lifetime of the journey blogger is way more satisfying than the one of many VR blogger, perhaps I ought to contemplate altering my occupation 🙂
Earlier than telling you about my expertise I simply need to make clear that China is a gigantic and heterogeneous nation, so the expertise I lived might differ from the one among different folks you already know within the nation. I’m in Qingdao, which is on the East aspect of the nation, additionally fairly on the North, and I’m certain that issues in different cities like Shenzhen, which is within the far South, will not be completely the identical. So don’t take my expertise for instance of what occurs in the entire China… it’s simply my expertise.
My expectations for the Chinese language New 12 months celebrations have 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 large American metropolitan metropolis, in the intervening time when there are celebrations for the brand new yr. And in these sequences, I might all the time see many individuals cheering within the streets whereas there have been a number of pink 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 completely different than I anticipated. To begin with, I understood that more often than not, it’s nearly spending some high quality time with the folks of your loved ones. It isn’t about partying exhausting, or issues like that, it’s extra about returning dwelling, 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 items to one another. I gifted some good meals to my hosts, and so they gifted me again the stunning rabbit toy that you just see within the profile image. And precisely like in our Christmas, public actions will not be tremendous essential. I requested in regards to the dragons’ present and I’ve been informed that typically town of Qingdao organizes some public occasions for the brand new yr, nevertheless it’s not yearly, and normally, dragons don’t play a related function right here. Rattling, this shattered my goals.
Then, I bought 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 obtainable overseas. I do know a little bit of Chinese language, however I’m not expert sufficient to have the ability to maintain a complete 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 stuffed 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 gives 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 informed me “now we make dumplings”.
No, critically, I needed 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 could be fairly offensive, so I helped them in making the dumplings. I hoped that we might 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 have been great. Yesterday I’ve so found that I’ve additionally a 3rd abdomen devoted to dumplings. Which is an effective factor and will show to nonetheless be helpful sooner or later.
Again to the couch, I assumed that every one the meals I ate that day might be used to unravel world starvation. And after some time, I obtained a brand new query: “Do you need to eat some fruit?”.
Seems to be that the one dragons I noticed have been those in my intestines for the entire evening.
One other factor that struck me was the fireworks. The entire night there have been folks exploding firecrackers, fireworks, and different related stuff, in all elements of town. Wanting outdoors the window, I might see that in no matter course I appeared, there was somebody in that a part of town exploding one thing. We additionally hearth up stuff to have a good time the brand new yr in Italy, however this was at one other stage: fireworks in all places, the entire evening. After I went outdoors to gentle 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 informed that really, 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 taking place up to now. I’ve been informed that making explosions is a standard factor to repel evil spirits for the brand new yr, so it’s all a part of the celebrations.
One thing I wasn’t completely anticipating was the folks turning on fires within the sides of the road and burning a particular type of paper to recollect their ancestors and ship some form of items to them. There’s a special occasion devoted to this celebration, however many individuals right here have been nonetheless doing this ritual on the New 12 months’s Eve as a result of it’s an important day. I’ve not taken an image to not disrespect this intimate second, nevertheless it was anyway one thing fairly distinctive for me to see, particularly as a result of the taxi that returned me dwelling needed to dodge a number of 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 yr, with some enjoyable sketches, some conventional songs, and ballets. The issue is that it’s already exhausting 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 photos more often than not, however even right here I did spot no dragons. Rattling, they actually needed to make it exhausting for me. However in the entire present, I managed to get one joke, so not less than I had fun. This was a web optimistic, as a result of I’m afraid that laughing an excessive amount of my stomach might 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 counter of the time on a regular basis displayed on the display, nevertheless 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 a good time.
At midnight I had just a little cheer. I made a decision to style the Chinese language baijiu liquor, which I used to be informed up to now by some buddies of mine that tastes like gasoline. Ingesting a sip of a bottle of it purchased on the grocery store, I can verify that it tastes like gasoline, and contemplating the value of the gasoline these days in Italy, I believe we should always contemplate it as a sound substitute to place in our vehicles.
On the finish of day, I can inform you that spending the lunar new yr right here was a pleasing expertise. Completely completely different from the one I anticipated, it was extra private and intimate than one among loopy enjoyable, however I really feel blissful of getting lived it. And with this heat in my coronary heart, I want you once more a beautiful new Chinese language yr and a cheerful Sunday! And I hope you will note some dragons, too…
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