除夕

It is customary to wash all dirty laundry during this time period. You should also wash your jacket, which I wasn’t aware of. I only brought one jacket and it seemed to frustrate my host mother a little, but I apologized and she seemed okay. It would have been difficult to hand wash a P-coat in a small sink. Afterwards, around 10 we went to eat a big breakfast. During Chinese New Year you only eat 2 meals, breakfast and an early dinner, then at midnight you eat dumplings to celebrate the passing of the New Year. It is customary to buy firecrackers. So, we bought fireworks. My host father and brother were explaining about the firecrackers, or bian pao 鞭炮. Lots of people were in the streets setting them off. There is rarely a silent moment during New Years Eve, everyone is setting off fire works and loud ones. We were walking by a little boy who tossed what seemed to be a relatively small ball at the ground; it made a crack worthy of a sonic boom. He was about a meter away and my ears hurt pretty badly it was so loud. Soon we went to my host fathers mothers house and started the festivities. They were playing mahjong and watching New Year Eve shows. After a little while I actually made dumplings. It was actually really hard to get it exactly right, but I did my best and had a good time. After we ate our midnight meal of dumplings and celebrated. Traditional Chinese New Year states that the parents give the children money in these “Red money bags”. He explained the tradition to me in Chinese so I was a little lost, but I was really excited to be part of this tradition.

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2 thoughts on “除夕

  1. From time to time my grandmothe would make these. She called them creplach… yiddush/german i believe…but there was definitely no pork

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