China has become a second home, if a “difficultly promising” one. So, even now that I’m on the other side of the Eurasian landmass, I can’t (and certainly don’t want to) get away from the meaning of these days… it’s ChunJie/ChuYi (春节 / 初一), New Year’s Eve and the First Day of the New Year.
So, 新年快乐！(xin nian kuai le, Happy New Year)
Last time it was a Year of the Dragon, it was, of course, 12 years ago. 2000. Coming hot on the heels of Y2K, it drew considerable interest. This year promises to be interesting, too, not least given all the hullabaloo about supposed Mayan prophesies…
There’s enough happening in China anyways, though – and so, I wanted to use the opportunity these days are giving me to finally post some more impressions.
One year ago, during the Chinese New Year holidays, I was in Beijing. Good place to be.
The fireworks, first of all, were impressive.
The videos (still with an older and worse camera) don’t do the apocalyptic, war-like sceneries one experiences justice. I had thought that Hunan’s all-too-common firecrackers were impressive before, but Beijing’s fireworks must be visible from space…
The next day, the aforementioned ChuYi (初一) is traditionally a day to pay a visit to the relatives, or to a temple.
One example, at the DiTan (Temple of Earth):
Not so much fun and games, but waiting for – literally – miles was the name of the “prayful” game for the YongHeGong Lama Temple:
Fun times. I miss them. And I was actually in Beijing that February to, guess what, work.
With one last image, Good Luck to all my readers. If you needed another chance at making or trying to keep resolutions, it’s now. This will be just another year in the cycle. And everything will change, yet again.