Happy New Year! Lunar Style

Happy Lunar New Year! I’m back in Taiwan to celebrate with my family and thought I’d share some of the fun facts/activities/rituals people perform to kick off the new year. After graduating, I have been coming home every lunar new year to celebrate Chinese New Year with my family. As I came home this year, … Continue reading Happy New Year! Lunar Style

One Man’s Lantern, Another Man’s Garbage

The fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year marks not only the end of the new years celebration and festivities, but also the day of the Lantern Festival. One of the most iconic scenes in Taiwan (and now a common scene around the world) is the release of the sky lanterns. The spot to be is PingXi on the outskirts of Taipei. Everyone writes their wishes on the lanterns, release them and watch them float up up into the sky. But do you even wonder where it goes? After all, it’s not exactly Elon Musk’ Tesla roadster.

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year! — What’s the difference and why it matters

Every year, around February and sometimes late January, a celebration of a new year is pronounced. Not because people are late to the ball drop but rather because it is celebrating a new year of a different calendar, the lunar calendar. Yet many people say “Chinese New Year” while some say “Lunar New Year.” What’s … Continue reading Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Chinese New Year! — What’s the difference and why it matters