Chinese New Year is probably one of my favorite times of the year. Along with New Year’s Day and Christmas. Maybe I really like winter holidays? (Valentine’s Day is only exciting if someone gives me nice chocolates, though.)
Tomorrow begins year 4711 on the Chinese Calendar, the Year of the Snake. As always, Hong Kong will have extravagant parades, and I’ll dream of the day I’m in Hong Kong, watching as a large, colorful dragon passes by me, the day I’m cheering along with the other millions who come out to see the parade.
Today isn’t that day though. Today, I am here. I have to make the most of what I have, since after all, I have to stay present. And I have to prepare for Chinese New Year!
I found this article on About.com’s Chinese Culture site, detailing the four things to do to prepare for Chinese New Year.
- Go to the fortune teller.
- Get a haircut.
- Clean the house.
- Go shopping.