Welcoming the ‘New Luck’: Chinese New Year Customs and Traditions

In the days leading up to Chinese New Year’s Eve, everyone is busy cleaning, doing some last-minute errands, and putting the finishing touches on preparations to welcome the new Lunar Year.  Here are a list of customs and traditions usually associated with Chinese New Year in Taiwan.  Spring Cleaning: Most Taiwanese thoroughly clean their home … More Welcoming the ‘New Luck’: Chinese New Year Customs and Traditions

The ‘Nian’ (Yearly) Monster: The Legend Surrounding Chinese New Year

I found it rather odd and ironic, but extremely exciting, when I was informed that Chinese New Year would be the main component of our teaching syllabus the week leading up to the major holiday.  Instead of resisting and complaining about knowing relatively nothing about Chinese New Year, I considered it a challenge that I was … More The ‘Nian’ (Yearly) Monster: The Legend Surrounding Chinese New Year

Painting the Town Red: Chinese New Year Decorations (A PhotoBlog)

This has been an awesome week so far!  After much research and debate, I finally selected which camera to I wanted to purchase!!  In order to test it out and become familiar with its functions, I decided to photograph Chinese New Year décor which is popping up all over the city.  I have to admit it was … More Painting the Town Red: Chinese New Year Decorations (A PhotoBlog)

Lucky Money: Receiving My First Chinese New Year Red Envelope

Red Envelopes: An Introduction Ask any Taiwanese child what their favorite aspect of Chinese New Year is and I am sure their immediate response would be ‘Red Envelopes.’  Those brightly colored envelopes contain money, and not just any money: new, crisp, lucky money!! Red envelopes are commonly given to children by parents and other relatives proceeding … More Lucky Money: Receiving My First Chinese New Year Red Envelope

Accommodating the Daughter-in-Laws: Preparing the Chinese New Year’s Eve Menu

Chinese New Year is just around the corner.  Red and gold decorations have taken over the markets and everyone is cleaning their homes to welcome the new Lunar Year.  There is a buzz of activity everywhere in Taiwan.  People are anxiously awaiting the holidays and a welcome break from work to spend time with love … More Accommodating the Daughter-in-Laws: Preparing the Chinese New Year’s Eve Menu

Lights, Camera, Lantern: The Taiwan Lantern Festival

The lights are suddenly turned off signalling the beginning. Darkness descends over the entire crowd. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. With their cameras ready, the spectators wait patiently for the sponsor’s commercial to be over and the lightning show to begin. The announcer’s voice reaches a high pitch, indicating the end. … More Lights, Camera, Lantern: The Taiwan Lantern Festival

Out with the Old & In with the New: My Favorite Pictures of 2013!

Life is constantly speeding by. Time ticks, the sun rises and sets, and the seasons change.  Days pass, weeks fly by, months add up and before you know it, an entire year has passed right before your very eyes. With the one year ending, it brings with it a sense of accomplishment, a time to reflect over … More Out with the Old & In with the New: My Favorite Pictures of 2013!