Chinese New Year

I’d love to be able to relax and enjoy it, and would easily find countless ways to make the most of every precious minute … if only I didn’t have these two lengthy, difficult and urgent translations to get done for next week. Sigh! The sunshine beckons, but I’m chained to the computer … where I must try to keep my attention focused on this damned work and restrain myself from checking things out on these boards too often.

I really like Chinese New Year. Sure, going to the inlaws is a bit of a drag, but it’s OK as long as I don’t have to do it too often. This year I don’t have to go down to visit my mother in law’s family, so no travel and traffic jams. I find that in my area (Kuting/Shida) about half the places to eat are still open, so no worries there. I really like on about the third day, after everyone’s done the family stuff, everybody goes out and meets their friends and everyon’e wearing some new clothes, lots of red, some of the women wearing traditional stuff. It’s cool.

But I just remembered the one thing I hate. The endless noise of firecrackers for weeks to come.

Brian

I was going to have dinner with my local “Taiwan brother,” but apparently, one of his older siblings has a real problem with waiguoren. The reason I am not with my girlfriend’s family is that they also have a lovely racist in the fold who told her that if I was there, he wasn’t going to be. I haven’t met either of these charming individuals yet.

Got to love that munificent holiday spirit, eh? What exactly are the cultural and legal ramifications of administering an atomic wedgie to a child in a man’s body?

Sorry to hear that Tomas, that sucks.

Personally, I love CNY. There’s one brother in law that’ll drink some piss with me, the other 3 are pretty soft though. I don’t mind doing the family thing at all, their pretty cool, and very happy to have amos around. Drink beer, bit of gambling, telling porky pies, hey just like chrissy back home, well sort of …

I hate the loud English songs that restaurants and shopping centers play every Chinese New Year. I don’t know anything about the songs and I try not to listen but they seem to be sung by an American female/male duet for the Chinese holidays.

Oh,I hate that song really…a real insult to chinese subtlety…something like new year and a lot of activities in the lyrics… I’m ready to leave the place…I told my gf…let’s get out of here…the music sucks…

ax

This was my very 1st experience of Chinese New Year in Taiwan (or indeed anywhere).

I think my expectations were too high. I was expecting a wave of red outfits on the streets, with firework displays galore, with people celebrating like there is no tomorrow.

However…

…all that I experienced was a few big meals, a little drinking, and a little gambling…some hong bao giving and receiving, and thats it…

…in fact, I was the only one who even bothered to wear red!

Has CNY gone down in Taiwanese peoples importance, or have I just got very boring Taiwanese in-laws?

Was my experience of CNY the same as everybody elses?

Were my expectations way too high?

Trapper

PS - I thought I was fortunate enough to be married to a Taiwanese lady, and therefore experience CNY from ‘inside’ - maybe I did…

PPS - even my ‘wei yah’ (work party) was nothing special…a meal, and a raffle.

During CNY, most of the activity takes place inside homes and temples. Life in Taipei itself is pretty mellow with much of the population having gone to visit families in the South and the majority of businesses closed.

The true outdoor festivities - lion dances, fireworks, etc. - don’t take place until two weeks later: the Lantern Festival. Expect CKS Memorial Plaza to be the center of activity in Taipei. To experience true carnage and chaos, get yourself down to the town of Yenshui for their fireworks festivities.

Well seriously, that’s about it.
It’s suppose to be fun for the adults when it comes down to gambling. Other than that it’s pretty much just a lot of people gathering up for the event. Kids love it cause they get hong bao and get to play with other kids.

Someone told me that they were moving the bulk of the lantern dazzle to the area around city hall this year… Anyone know if this is true?

Thank god for Band of Brothers…

-only the 10x i watched it in the past couple of years, but since taiwan TV program managers had their heads up their asses and only played the $25nt blockbuster bargain bin videos during their big holiday, it took up some down time. If i have to watch brittany or lidsay ever again, i am cancelling my crap cable tv service. f*cking pathetic.

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Someone told me that they were moving the bulk of the lantern dazzle to the area around city hall this year… Anyone know if this is true?[/quote]

Yes they moved it to Renai Rd. in front of City Hall. It’s already started. Yawn.

I guess you live in other Taiwan than I do. Wheater has been cold and wet every year since I came here 8 years ago, just miserable.

Maybe in Taipei they do but here outside Taipei, in the bushesy ou can suck it. Just convenience stores and McD 's are open.

Just hate it, boring. Even I had to close my business.

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But I just remembered the one thing I hate. The endless noise of firecrackers for weeks to come.

Brian[/quote]

Not only you do, I do too. They are just tofu brains, binlang brains or how can we call them. New year is now more than 1 week past and they still let them crack at all all times day or night, they have no repect for other peoples night rest. May every god on earth curse them.

Especially kids, they can even stay up later than they do normally and play cards and gamble as the adults do. The earlier they learn it the better, real cool, isn’t it.

I guess you live in other Taiwan than I do. Wheater has been cold and wet every year since I came here 8 years ago, just miserable.

Maybe in Taipei they do but here outside Taipei, in the bushesy ou can suck it. Just convenience stores and McD 's are open.

Just hate it, boring. Even I had to close my business.[/quote]

Nope, not in Taipei either. This is my 4th CNY in Taipei and the weather couldn’t have been more miserable (except on the 14th and 15th). So glad I got my new fridge before CNY. I shudder to think of the food scenarios if I hadn’t.

even thought a lot of the local Taiwanese ppl said they “hate” chinese new year
but they don’t really meant it
it’s just the work and stuff kinda through ppl off
cuz ppl still do it even though they claim that they hate it
it’s a tradition that we can’t just gave up
and if one day they were to move to the US or a foreign country
they will still continue the tradition
that’s why you always see ppl having parades in china towns all over the world
and you will hear about Chinese ppl in US or other country celebrating chinese new year

and if one day these ppl who complains about chinese new year move to places like US.
they will miss the chinese new year that they hate so much
they will want to go home and visit their relatives

it’s kinda like thanksgiving and christmas
lots of traffic, and family and gift buying
but ppl still do it

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