Lunar New Year and where I am

It’s the Lunar New Year today.

It is supposed to be a important day across East and Southeast Asia – although it might not be the case nowadays. I prefer to call it Lunar New Year rather than Chinese New Year, for two reasons. The first one is, obviously, that the holiday is celebrated not only in China but in numerous countries and communities. The second reason is that some people use the initial, CNY, to refer to the holiday, which accidentally is also the code of China’s currency. Annoying.

Anyway, the Lunar New Year is never a significant day here in eSwatini – and also isn’t to me. From the year 2010, I only spent one Lunar New Year in my home. It’s much better and make much more sense to see other parts of the world than to spend hours chatting nonsense with your relatives that you don’t even know who they are. So I tried to stay away from home, and here’s where I was.

2010: on the beach of Bali, Indonesia

2011: in a friend’s house, Sydney, Australia

2012: in a hut in Maasai Mara, Kenya

2013: in a friend’s house in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

2014: in a guesthouse in Wēnzhōu, China

2015: at a campsite in Christchurch, New Zealand

2016: in my grandparents’ home in Nánníng, China

2017: the only time in the last 10 years that I spent the Lunar New Year in my home in Sūzhōu, China

2018 & 2019: in Mbabane, eSwatini (although it was Swaziland on the Lunar New Year in 2018)

So… yeah, keep moving.

And happy new year if it applies to you.

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