Sunday, January 18, 2009

Two New Years Eves But Only One Timezone (Rick)

This year we’ll have two New Years – Jan. 1 and Jan. 26, 2009 (Lunar New Year). Both are celebrated here, but Jan. 26th is the big one with lots of red lanterns and fireworks. The Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) is a family event – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years wrapped into a two week event. Everyone seems to travel and go home to visit. They estimate that 250 million people will travel over this holiday period. That is well over half of all the people in the US, mostly traveling by train and bus. (A student friend once rode her bike 3 days to get home for the Spring Festival!) The campus is almost empty of students. And the many friends I’ve made at the shops around campus have been cleaning up their shops to head home. Our friendship is a nod-and-pantomime relationship, but it generates smiles!

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