Red #2: Tourist in Your Own Town

Each month I have posted a theme and asked you to join in. For February the theme is RED. I haven’t been getting a lot of participation and asked for suggestions on red post #1. Many readers said keep trying and it may be slow going before it catches on. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I did have some takers this month. Patchwork Ponderings, who has participated before, showed us some RED from The Niagara area in Ontario, Canada. I also had 2 new bloggers visit and post. Debbie had a very cool take on the theme in London, England while Jackie, a fellow Canadian, showed some RED from Toronto, Canada. Visit the orignal RED post (in the comment section) to find their links and check them out. They are worth a peek!

When I first thought of RED I wanted to post something for Chinese New Year, but didn’t have any photos. The other day we were out and I captured this.

Red paper from firecrackers litter the streets.

Red paper from firecrackers litter the streets.

Chinese New Year is the big celebration in China. Some compare it to our Christmas, but I think it is bigger. The holiday lasts 14-15 days. The biggest part of the celebrations take place over 3 days. New Year’s Eve brings loud pops and bangs as firecrackers scare away the evil spirits and bring good luck for the upcoming year.ย  With pollution at high levels Shanghai was said to limit the amount of fireworks, the much more colourful counterpart of crackers. The newspapers reported less polluting fireworks were also being sold as to still allow the tradition to continue. Despite this New Year’s Eve was still noisy and continued cracks and bangs went on at regular and random intervals for close to 48 hours. Another part of the celebration is a family dinner with all members reuniting. With many migrant workers coming into the city for work, or higher wages it may be the only time they see family. This is not just seeing extended family, but it may be people reuniting with spouses and children.

Chinese New Year involves gifts, but not brightly coloured packages wrapped in bows and coloured patterned paper. Instead crisp bills are placed inside red envelopes. Other gifts often include oranges and sweets like cookies in specially designed gift boxes similar to those we see in shops for Christmas at home. The following photo shows the symbols of Chinese New Year as well as red envelopes hanging on a holiday tree. As far as I know they do not usually decorate tress in the way for the holiday. I think this was more a mix of East and Western cultures done by the local hotel.

Red envolopes and lucky coins with tassels decorated this unique holiday tree.

Red envelopes and lucky coins with tassels decorated this unique holiday tree.

The last photo is to celebrate the start of the olympics. Here are my RED Olympic Canada mittens which I wear here in Shanghai. GO CANADA!

DSC06643There is still time to participate and post something unique, special and RED from where you live. Be a tourist in your own town and share something from where you live. Follow this link to get all the details. Be sure to leave a link back to your post in the comment section of Red #1

Stay tuned…

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14 thoughts on “Red #2: Tourist in Your Own Town

  1. Laura Bloomsbury

    nothing red to show as recently shooting a lot in monocrhome – I think has a place to notify for regular themes but cannot figure where.

  2. Came across your post just after I published my KL CNY celebration. Oh well!

    • Thanks for the link. Maybe share something RED in India (your adopted home right?). There is still time before the new challenge comes up the first weekend in March.

  3. Keep going! And I’ll participate again when I’m able to combine the theme, the theme in my blog and my time ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love these posts!

  4. Red for Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Horse Year!

    • Xian Nian Kwai La Amy ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you! Gong Xi ๐Ÿ™‚

        • OK you got me I can’t remember how to respond beyond that ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Hehehe… Btw, do you guy practice Chinese there…

            • My students have Chinese for 1 hour a day. I have prep or meetings during that time. The class held in my room, as luck would have it, is always the class for native speakers, so it is too fast for me. I understand a little, but with the tones I speak less. I have learned the phonetics so if it is in ping yin I can read a little bit. I wish I had time to learn, but school is SO busy I have little free time, so I haven’t had lessons. We are always in English at our school too, so I haven’t been able to learn as much or as quickly.

              • Chinese is not easy to learn, 4 tones and everything else…. I was shocked to hear some young German spoke Chinese in Munich!

                • Seems learning Chinese is the new fad… so many companies in China, so in a way it is smart if you can communicate in Chinese. Former students of mine just moved back to Germany and were able to find a tutor to keep up their Chinese.

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