The year of the rat

恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái

February 7th 2008: We welcome in the Chinese New Year – celebrating the year of the rat. Today starts off with Hong Bao (red envelopes) for the kids with breakfast, we missed out on dumplings at midnight.

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I know we will be off to enjoy Chinese New Year in Melbourne on Sunday. Lion dances, dragons, music, fireworks and food. 🙂

Certain ancient Chinese traditions are more easily assimilated to the Western mind. Five days straight of blowing off firecrackers tends to sit better than 12-course dinners. If you don’t join ’em, you aren’t gonna beat ’em, so put on your protective glasses and light up your xiaoqu with China’s gift to the world. In this podcast, plan your Chinese New Year in Mandarin.ChinesePod

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