|Red lanterns hang from buildings|
|Jeanie with the Chinese Dragon|
|Washing and cleaning before the New Year|
|Ken with colleagues; staying alive in their|
work party costume coats
|New Year's decorations in the stores|
Today I gave red envelopes to those workers who help us on a weekly or daily basis: doormen to the apartment, ayi (housekeeper who comes in 2 days a week), and the driver who takes Ken to Intel. The envelopes are bright red (red is the lucky color) and money is placed inside. I gave them the envelope and said: Xin Nian Kuale (Happy New Year or I can say Chunjie Kuaile (Happy Spring Festival).
By the way, it IS NOT SPRING in Shanghai. It is 32 degrees and snowing.
|Friends at our apt preparing dumplings|
So what actually happens on the New Year?
|Ken with our teacher friend Ma Lin and|
her family at dim sum
|Good luck envelopes are everywhere|
Sunday: Families greet everyone with Xin Nian Kuale! Kids get their red envelopes filled with money. More firecrackers.
Monday: Family activities: go to the movies, opera, visit the temple, more red envelopes, and more fireworks.
|Sparkly snake on Nanjing Road|
|Red is the New Year color|
As Asians around the world celebrate with their families, eat yummy food, and practice generosity, we hope you can do the same.
Happy New Year and Spring Festival!
Jeanie and Ken
Next time: Hong Kong