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Happy Chinese New Year!

So it begins. Today is the Spring Festival in China (actually last night since the time zone difference).  It's the year of Rat for us.

And it's the start of another zodiac cycle. Hehe, for such a small animal, Rat is the one that "leads" the pack!

But most importantly, this new year is special because it coincides with stilettos81's birthday!

So,  stilettos81 :-)

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silwyna
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!!!

And Happy Birthday stilettos81 :o) Have fun partying :o)
xwacky
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you Sil!

I haven't been able to properly celebrate the Spring Festival for a very long time. These days, we just go out to Chinese restaurant and have a big feast. In the past, we normally watch the New Year Gala broadcast on CCTV (Chinese Central Television) with friends and family. But this year we just taped it. I haven't been able to find time to watch it yet.

I'll tell stilettos81 you wished her HB! ;) She hasn't had time to hook up her computer yet since she moved!
mrsdrjackson
Feb. 8th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you as well! I hope your celebrations went well. :D

Didn't Rat come across the river first because he hitched a ride on Oxen's horns? My knowledge of this is woefully inadequate...
xwacky
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! MDJ

Goodness, you know more about the Zodiac myth than I do! ;) I like your story--that explains why Ox is the second animal after rat. Hehe, rats are quite resourceful then. :D

As far as celebration goes, it was quite muted except we did have a big Chinese feast with friends.
mrsdrjackson
Feb. 11th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
World mythology is something I've made a lifetime study out of-they are just so interesting!

My work place served Chinese food all day for the first day of the new year, it was wonderful. :) One of these years I want to actually go to Asia for the celebrations instead of celebrating by myself in Wisconsin. lol
xwacky
Feb. 11th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
One of these years I want to actually go to Asia for the celebrations

Oh you'd have loads of fun! Lots of people, food, and noise (firecrackers and fireworks), but the whole atmosphere is festival. I think in China, people call the week of Spring Festival the "Golden Week".

I'd love to go back to China for the holiday one of these days. However I don't see it happen anytime soon. My son is school age, I just can't take him out of school!
mrsdrjackson
Feb. 12th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
I think in China, people call the week of Spring Festival the "Golden Week".
China is probably where I would want to go. My dad gets to go there for business every once in a while, maybe I could convince him to go early in the year...

I bet once your son gets to High School you could take him out if he wanted to go with you. More and more schools are trying to be more "culturally sensitive" which means parents get less grief for pulling their kids out of school for a good reason.
xwacky
Feb. 12th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
My dad gets to go there for business every once in a while, maybe I could convince him to go early in the year...
That sounds cool! What part of China does he travel to normally?

I bet once your son gets to High School you could take him out if he wanted to go with you.
Given he's third grade now, that sounds like such a long way to go...
mrsdrjackson
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
He goes to the same town each time, west of Shanghi (sp?) where his company has opened his first overseas plant. The name escapes me ATM. The next time that he goes might be for a longer period of time, then he wants to do some more sight seeing, maybe visit Shanghi properly instead of just seeing the airport.

Third grade? Oh dear..yes, that will take some time to get him to high school. Maybe in junior high...
xwacky
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to comment. I hurt my knee while skiing recently, and was feeling very much under the weather... :(

But, OMG! I grew up in Shanghai! Hmmm... A town west of Shanghai--could it be Suchow? That's a lovely place too. Lot's of water (lake) around the city, and ancient buildings--much different from Shanghai, which are mostly cosmopolitan. Of all the cities in China, Shanghai is the least "Chinese-like". But it's fun and bubbly, lots of bars and nightclubs and shopping. ;)

Really hope you'd get a chance to go there!
mrsdrjackson
Feb. 26th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Oh no! I hope your knee feels better; I have a knee injury and so I know just how hard that can be to recover from. *hugs*

Yes! I do believe that is it. He got to do a little sight seeing and took lots of pictures of the lake-we are very much a water family-it is so pretty there!

Thanks! :D
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