Day Three Hundred Fifty Three, January 10, 2012

it's a 'happy' new year

Happy faces and big smiles adorn the streets the closer we get to the Chinese New Year of the Dragon. The most important holiday of the year, the happiest day for many is around the corner. Celebrations start to manifest all around the place as more than 10 million people get ready to leave Shanghai by trains, buses and planes to make it in time for the family meetings in their home provinces. There are strict cultural rules that dictate family gatherings and meals around this holiday that most adhere to year after year.

And to top it all, there is the ‘hong bao’, the traditional red envelope that everyone receives from their employer and children from their parents with cash money inside, which plasters an even bigger grin to the faces of China’s population.

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