As you may know (or not), yesterday was the Chinese New Year.
Fun fact: You know the placemats that are in Chinese restaurants with all the years listed under the animals and it’s fun to find the year of your birth and say, “Oh, I was born in the year of the Boar,” and then you read the little description about people born in the year of the Boar? Well, my whole life I thought I was born in the year of the Ox. It took moving to China for me to figure out that early January 1985, is in fact within the Year of the Rat. The description of the Ox people sounds a bit more like me though, so I think I’ll claim Western ignorance and continue to believe I’m an Ox.
It seems like just yesterday it was the year of the Pig (aka 2007 – what, you didn’t know that off the top of your head?) and I was living a life of culture shock, collecting red envelopes (which contain money – the promise of a prosperous new year).
And now – a photo trip down memory lane.
Living overseas was an experience that I will never forget. I am proud to know first hand about a culture so different than the one in which I was raised.
Happy Chinese New Year – may the Year of the Dragon be prosperous and filled with joy!