The Infinite Zenith

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey

機靈詭秘如獼猴,健康快樂像馬猴,悠閒富貴似猴子,無憂無慮比猿猴,聰明伶俐勝孫猴!

Chinese New Year this year comes a little earlier than it did last year, and with the Year of the Ram gone, the next animal of the Chinese Zodiac is the Monkey. Individuals born in the Year of the Monkey are quick-witted and clever, and some astrological predictions are suggesting that those born in the Year of the Monkey will have below-average fortunes, and curiously enough, individuals born during the Year of the Ram are projected to have a reasonably good year. Of course, given that astrology can hardly be considered to be a science on the basis of being irrefutable: regardless of their wording, all of the predictions for each sign converge to the idea that hard work is sufficient to overcome adversity, and this statement always holds true. So, regardless of which Zodiac animal one might fall under, honest effort and persistence leads to prosperity.

The Chinese New Year’s Eve was yesterday evening, and this year, celebrations consisted of a quiet, homemade dinner with family: roast chicken, crispy roasted pig, Chinese-style garlic prawns and a delicious fish soup. I suddenly realise that we do not have gaozi (dumplings): quite popular in China, their shape resembles yuan bao, Chinese gold ingots from the Ming Dynasty and are supposed to symbolise prosperity. Instead, we do have nian gao (a New Year’s cake) and Turnip Cake, both of which have phonetically similarities to Chinese phrases for prosperity and fortune. So, for all of our readers, I’d like to wish you 猴年快樂, 身體健康, 心想事成! Regular programming will resume whenever I find time to write: upcoming will tentatively be a post on Battlefield: Hardline and YuruYuri SanHai!. As for Winter 2016 anime, I’m very far behind, but I will likely be reviewing Ao no Kanata Four Rythmn after three within the next few weeks.

2 responses to “Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey

  1. cloudst12 February 9, 2016 at 01:24

    恭禧發財. May you and your family have good health and a prosperous new year ahead.

    I’m in London with family this CNY. So, it was a simple dinner in Chinatown on Chinese New Year eve with duck, a vegetable, deep fried prawn and pork stomach soup.

    But come this time of year, from where I hail (Malaysia), we have one dish that the Chinese elsewhere don’t really have. “Yee Sang” as it’s called. It’s a mixture of cut vegetables, fried flakes, jelly and sometimes,salmon slices where you mix it up and as we say “loh sang”, where we toss the ingredients high up in hopes of a wonderful new year ahead.

    Looking forward to your reviews on Ao Kanata No Rhythm. So far, I’ve only watched the first 2 episodes but it looks pretty good.

    Till next time. 新年快乐

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    • infinitezenith February 15, 2016 at 11:08

      It’s always fun to read your comments and learn of the various aspects of Chinese culture outside of Hong Kong (and by extension, the culture that is imported to Canada). I apologise for the later response, but things have been somewhat crazy over the past little bit, and this week offers a brief respite, so I’m enjoying this break to get work done at a slightly more relaxed pacing. I’ve just made it past the three-episode mark for Ao no Kanata no Four Rythmn, so a talk will be coming out soon. A bit of a spoiler alert for my post: I am finding the show quite engaging🙂

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