新年快乐!

Happy new year, everyone (who celebrates it)!

I’ve always been more into Chinese New Year than…Western? New Year, for some reason – I mean, not that January 1st isn’t fun and boisterous and everything. When it comes to resolutions and changing myself for the better (or at least attempting to fix one of the infinite faults with myself), January 1st is more appropriate, in my opinion. It’s more of a time for self reflection and moving forward.

But Chinese New Year seems to be (at least to me) a new start. Sure, January 1st is a time for change, but only after reflecting on everything that’s gone wrong in the past year do you really reach the moment of determination to make the next year better.

Which is great, and maybe even better, in a be-a-better-person kind of way, than Chinese New Year.

But CNY is a fresh page, a new start – I clean, throw out the trash, vacuum the floors change my bedsheets and do my laundry to usher out any remnants of the past year, to welcome in the new. It’s a time for being thankful for what you have and hoping the following year will treat you just as well, if not better. It’s a time for being with friends and family, reconnecting with people you might’ve in the hustle and bustle of 21st century life, cast to the side in favor of more (I hesitate to say) important things. (But the way I see it, if you were really truly friends, a couple months’ break shouldn’t make a difference at all.)

So, friends, old and new, happy Chinese New Year. Wear red, eat oranges, clean your room, and welcome a new beginning of another new year.

There’s lots of four character phrases to be said on this day, and my great grandma (happy new year, 太嗯奶, even though I just butchered your name attempting to character-fy it) used to be able to go on and on with dozens of them. Though I wouldn’t dream of being as epic as she is, I know a few myself, but we’ll just stick to one today, the one I find encompasses everything else –

祝大家新年快乐,心想事成!

 

 

Best,
Justina

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