Another year goes by, and another year comes by- it seems that times flies so quick when life is on an exciting path! I fondly remember that this time last year, I was in Panyu (Near Guangzhou, China), and now I am in Suzhou (China). On mainland China, Western New Year is not taken as seriously as it is in other countries around the world. Being an expat in China does bring its challenges, though I try to cheer myself up by the fact that while the rest of world is celebrating and practising crowd control during this festive season, I am happy being in a quiet place with a small drink or two in the company of fellow expats. I have very fond memories of 2011, a lot has happened this year...let’s see what 2012 brings, and how my life will shape up in this exciting year!
The Chinese celebrate their own special Chinese New Year or CNY (based on the zodiac lunar calendar) sometime in the late January and early February. Though there are 3 official days of holiday, however most people take at least 2 weeks off work to go back to their hometowns. For most people this is the only window opportunity of the whole year to take a long break with their family. The whole country comes to a complete standstill, with trains, and planes all jam-packed with people going back to their hometowns. In 2012, CNY is 'The year of the Dragon', and falls on January 23rd.
For the time being, I would like to wish everyone a peaceful, prosperous, and joyful 2012, whereever you are in the world!!!!
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