This is my first week of school at Tsinghua, and, after attending a two and a half hour lecture, I am already missing my carefree winter break. I have had an incredible amount of fun during these past two months in China. One of the highlights of my time so far was celebrating Spring Festival, otherwise known as Chinese New Year, a tradition that has been around for centuries. Although I arrived in China on January 1st, my New Year’s celebration didn’t start until January 27th, the first day of the new year according to the Lunar calendar. Lasting for over two weeks, Spring Festival is China’s biggest holiday celebration, and the vast majority of China’s 1.3 billion people travel back to their hometowns to celebrate. For the Spring Festival, I traveled from Beijing to Yantai with my boyfriend’s parents, which is about a 9 hour car ride. I was able to experience all sorts of Spring Festival traditions, including folding dumplings and lighting fireworks!
New Years Fireworks
Family, health, and happiness are three important themes during this celebration, and an abundance of food is usually present. In my case, this included a long-awaited squid on a stick!
Squid on a stick!
I am extremely grateful to have been able to participate in such a wonderful holiday, and wish everyone health and happiness in the year of the rooster!
Year of the Rooster