Today marks the first day of the new year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Pig ended last night with bang, and now it’s the Year of the Rat. My housing complex was like a war zone last night with roman candles and bottle rockets being shot off everywhere. I had a great view from my living room window on the 5th floor. My personal favorite was the group lighting off huge boxes of fireworks from between the cars. I just kept waiting for those two BMWs to go flying. Maybe tonight. Maybe tomorrow night. Maybe next week. This will go on now for 14 days, until the Lantern Festival which marks the official end of the 14 days of celebrations.
Happy New Year!