Chinese New Year: Bye-bye pig, Hello rat


Before and after.As the Year of the Golden Pig draws to a close I thought some photos of the celebrations that kicked off the year would be in order. I see on western websites this year referred to as The Year of the Boar. In China, it is simply pig, nothing politically correct.

The Year of the Rat will begin February 7th. Those born this year are bestowed with the following attributes: (they are) Forthright, disciplined, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, shrewd. Can be manipulative, cruel, dictatorial, rigid, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming (thank you,

My sign, the pig, is a good description of me: Hard working, but self-indulgent and sometimes lazy. If you could see the contrast of The Stevo from the workweek to his Sunday afternoon you would agree.

I won’t be making the trek to Mrs. Stevo’s village for the Spring Festival celebration. I’d like to, but the eight-hour train ride is daunting, as is the considerable damage done to my liver each year during said festival. And, two new teachers will arrive just before the start of the new year, and I (conveniently) don’t want to leave them on their own.

To the photos:

It’s reassuring, and scary, to know that men across the world, love to blow stuff up. From those sitting in oval offices after possibly-rigged elections, to the average Chinese farmer, an affection for blowing things up is something in the male collective unconscious. Baba and Didi, light what I thought was a small piece of Dynamite, wrapped in yellow paper, for effect.

Boom. Said explosive parcel was tossed into a small pond. I will miss drunken destruction this year, but may get a few more years out of my liver.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. pmousse says:

    I’m a snake:

    “People born in the Year of the Snake are deep. They say little (no editorial comments here, please) and possess great wisdom. Snake people are often quite vain, selfish, and a bit stingy. Although calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate. Snake people are usually good-looking.”

    Well, duh.

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  2. Healthy livers are overrated.

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  3. LazyBuddhist says:

    Hey Stevo – I’m a pig too! Wait, that doesn’t sound good. I’m a boar like you. Wait… like you, I was born in the year of swine.

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  4. jaynova says:

    Hey, pmousse…

    I am a snake, too (apparently, a fire snake)! My ex-wife was a dragon (again, fire dragon), and my girlfriend is a (metal) rooster. (I didn’t want to call her a cock).

    Oh, and Stevo…explosions are cool. huh huh…huh huh huh.

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  5. If it’s lame to say “boar” instead of “pig” how does “Year of the Mouse” sound?

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  6. Corina says:

    I’m a sheep! I’m supposed to be charming, elegant, and artistic but liking material comforts. Okay, that’s me! 😉

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