你的眼睛充满了移动的人、手、胳膊和告别和“pangna pangna gong xi fai chai”的喊声。
Happy Chinese New Year. Atop an electric scooter, braving the cold winter of Beijing where one district is bigger than most metropolitan cities worldwide, I watched millions of people move in one day.
🧧🎉 The Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year, is determined by the lunar calendar and falls between January 21st and February 20th.
With a population of approximately 1.41 billion people (44.71 years in seconds), roughly 80% of them commute to family homesteads throughout the vast country. = over one billion people.
From a train seat, I was fortunate enough to witness the masses of people in a classic train scene:
…hundreds of people running to board a slowly departing train, with people handing fabric-wrapped bundles through windows.
Your eyes are filled with moving people, hands, arms, and shouts of farewell and “pangna pangna gong xi fai chai.”
As people travel to their loved ones, they analyze deeply their financial situation, or in other words, their “career” path in life and work. What seems to stand out is the current “liquid” status as well as societal and economic trends in how people adapt tradition to modern goals and new generations observing age-old rites.
This is me reminding myself:
- Remember to look for what’s good in people as you go about your work.
- Collaboration in 2023 supersedes competition strategization and diplomacy/tact.
- Observe traditions respectfully, as there are time-tested value therein.
Some rare and interesting facts about Chinese New Year
- The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by one of 12 animals.
- This year, we welcome the Year of the Ox! 🐂
- People sometimes decorate their homes with red decorations to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
- The lion dance is epic; it’s believed to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits.
- And let’s not forget about fireworks at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve!
But most importantly, let’s gather with our loved ones for a delicious Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner and give red envelopes filled with money to children and unmarried adults (LOL).
Yet another way to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.
Chinese New Year represents to me a chance to review resolutions from the Gregorian calendar. Once reviewed, it’s time to update and adapt to changes in order to ensure your end results are achieved.
Bubble Language School and the 中国人
If you’re a newly relocated Chinese family, here in Thailand to start a new life, then Bubble Language School is the school for you.
Bubble Language School can build and execute approved educational visa programs for foreigners wishing to live in Thailand (a bit of a more relaxed place to be while the world continues to be entrenched in conflict).
If you’re a Chinese student applying to an international school here and have spent much of your English education learning in your native language, but lack practical usage in English to enter the school of you or your family’s choice, then we can build the specific learning program for you based on your skills, interests, and global standards.
If you’re in another country because educational specialists in China have become harder and harder to find, then Bubble Language School is the language institute to contact.
We’re here for you and wish you all a prosperous and lucky year ahead! Gong xi fa cai! 🎉🎉🎉