Nia hao, Rabbit; zai jian, Tiger!

Today, we welcome in the Chinese New Year! This is the Year of the Rabbit. Although I am always excited to welcome in a new year, I am a little sad to say farewell to the Year of the Tiger. Why? Because I was born in the Year of the Tiger! Can you tell I tried to evoke empathy for the poor, cast-aside tiger in these photos? The tiger is in focus while Claire and Ren, in the background with their bunnies, are out of focus and therefore slightly blurry. Maybe I should play with this a bit more in Photoshop to make it more moody.

Do any of my 2007 China travel-mates remember hearing fire-crackers going off at night in Jiangxi during the Spring Festival leading up to CNY? That sound will always remind me of those blissful first days with my first child, Claire-bear. I wonder how many of us share that particular memory trigger.

Happy Chinese New Year to all of my readers who observe this holiday!

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  • Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

    We enjoyed sitting with you for Dim Sum on Saturday… and are sad I won't see you every Saturday now for coffee!

    Great idea for New Year's photos.ReplyCancel

  • Poor tiger. Happy Chinese New Year to you. Hope the year of the rabbit is a good one. Personally, I was born in the year of the sheep (or goat) and the hour of the monkey.ReplyCancel

  • Those are so cute. I am welcoming the rabbit with open arms as I understand it's supposed to be much calmer than last year and goodness knows we could use some calm! Funny, my memory of the firecrackers is associated with the wedding we saw outside the hotel (do they even set off firecrackers for weddings???)ReplyCancel

  • Aww, poor Tiger! šŸ˜‰

    I think it's too funny how you staged this!! Great imagination Monica!

    Happy new year!
    JillReplyCancel

  • Happy Chinese New Year! I am a Rabbit (which must make me one year older than you, haha), so maybe this is my lucky year.
    For some reason I don't remember the firecrackers — my mind was a bit of a blur that night. šŸ™‚
    Love the meaning behind the photos, very imaginative.ReplyCancel

  • Oh yes, I remember the firecrackers. I have a vivid memory of standing at the window with Caia, trying to see the fireworks, while we waited for water to boil for a bottle. Funny how those little memories remain strong to this day.

    Happy New Year! I'm a tiger too so I was sort of sad to see it go. It was a good year though, for both of us!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Chinese New Year to you guys too!! Love the pics. Poor little tiger… He/she did a great job last year and deserves his break now šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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