Having grown up in western countries (with strong Catholic/Christian influences), Christmas season was the “main event” when it came to family traditions and celebrations.
In China, it seems like the “main event” is Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival). I can’t say that I know much about the holiday. Working at a school means that I get about 1 month off during this time, and my agenda is booked traveling outside of China (usually visiting family). And although this year is no different (I am in the US as I write this post), I will say that I tried to pay closer attention to the days leading up to the holiday.
Stores, as it is with Christmas, are packed with decorations for peoples houses months in advance. Normally, decorations are red and gold, and a theme appears depending on the Chinese 12-animal zodiac cycle. This year it is the year of the Monkey, so monkey decorations (and all sorts of products) are sold at stores. Last year, it was the goat.
People travel to their hometowns during this time, and spend the days visiting family and friends, having dinner together. It is, as most of Chinese holidays, a family and friend oriented holiday.
As the New Year holiday approaches I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
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