So a new year starts in China. We celebrated with a big meal (cooked by Jiajia - Ma is "dying with cancer" again i.e. she has a sore throat), a visit from Druncle, and JD's fireworks. This time last year we were returning from our holiday in Vietnam and hearing news of a possible new pandemic in China. How things move on....!
Chinese New Year kicked off here at midnight last night, to the sound of fireworks and crackers all over the city. Jiajia's flat is up a hill, so we were able to see an impromptu and ad hoc display, building up to the usual 12 o'clock cacophony. This year is the "Year of the Tiger", here seen exiting a Kunming taxi!
Jiajia's Mum had been out earlier in the day shopping for food and had prepared all the ingredients... Ava than took over and cooked up a variety of delicious New Year speciality foods, which I was delighted to help them devour! We were all stuffed by the end.
Jiajia's only other relative, an adopted, and frequently inebriated, uncle managed to turn up just half an hour late for a couple of fags, a couple of bottles of beer and a bowl or two of food, before heading off to his friend's for more of the same! Today is also Valentine's Day (the next time it falls on Spring Festival Day will be in 38 years' time). Being our first, it was a particularly special day for Jiajia and I.
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