Chinese New Year


Happy Chinese New Year! There are several traditions to which the Chinese people adhere to on New Years that are supposed to bring good fortune.  Some of them I don’t mind, such as buying new clothes, receiving money in red envelopes,wearing red underwear, and not sweeping the floor or lending money.

However, I am not too sure about not washing my hair or showering!  I guess that is supposed to wash away all your good luck!  I may take my chances. I’m also not too sure I am in favor of amateur Chinese fireworks on New Year’s Eve!

goose down jackets and fireworks on Chinese New Year's Eve

WOW, I have never seen anything quite like fireworks in China on New Year’s Eve.  Chinese families spend lots and lots of money on firecrackers, as they represent bringing in the new year with good fortune. But being from a state where personal fireworks are banned in the city, this was quite an experience. Dads and their sons mostly, go outside with bags and boxes of fireworks to set off and enjoy.  Firecrackers (blackcats) were lined up 50 to 100 feet in length and set on fire!  POP, POP, POP, POP, POP, POP. I think the dad’s enjoy it more than the kids, as many of the kids just stood with their hands over their ears while the dads ran jumping and hollering from the firecrackers they just lit, or  ran from somebody’s fireworks lit just beside them!

undoubtedly, my neighbors lining up to buy MORE fireworks.....

Just when I thought there could not possibly be any more firecrackers in the city, several new families would appear with their boxes of firecrackers!  Now not only would they appear with their boxes, they would just randomly start lighting them no matter where they were standing and with no regard as to who was standing nearby! Bottle rockets were hand held and just barely shot over the top of somebody’s head who was standing just feet in front of them.

random fireworks and people everywhere

When they thought the rocket was empty, they tossed it on the ground, only to have one more ball of fire shoot back at some innocent bystander! Firework debris randomly fell on our heads and I feel as though I may be permanently deafened in both ears. I guess the fireworks did bring good fortune, after all I feel quite lucky to have survived Chinese New Year’s Eve!  So I guess the red underwear, and lighting of fireworks did bring good luck to me. So, Happy Year of the Dragon to you and may your new year be as fortunate and rewarding as mine!  Next year though, I believe I will be on a quiet, warm beach somewhere far from China’s fireworks!!

About cessley

I am a bereaved parent. I write to give hope to other bereaved parents who are fresh in their grief. I want them to know life begins again. It (life) is forever changed, as are you, but one day, you will smile again. You may travel, you will make new friends, your heart will mend, though never heal and it will be a painful ride. It is one step at a time....sometimes, even one breath to the next is all we can seem to live through each day. But each day will be a new beginning, a different beginning, a different you. I have two surviving children: Amy, who is married to Brandon, and they have one daughter, Avery, and one son, Dylan. and Eric who is a doctor and is Clifton's twin brother. Clifton passed away when he was nearly two years old. As any bereaved parent knows, it is tough, REALLY tough trying to live after the death of a child. I lived in Shanghai, China for three years after the death of my son, and then lived in Beijing for two years. I am discovering life again, one step at a time. I returned to Oklahoma in February , 2020 due to the uncertainty of the virus. Little did I know the uncertainty would follow me across the ocean. This is nothing compared to the death of a child. I will survive! View all posts by cessley

One response to “Chinese New Year

  • Turber

    That’s an new point of view and maybe a new kind of do-it-yourself-fortune-telling-for-the-new-year, perhaps.
    If you survive the Chinese New Year’s Eve: The new year will probably work out for you.
    I shall test that new theory! 🙂

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