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Heat and Noise: Shelling in the Year of the Ox

thanks to a href=There’s a saying in Mandarin that truly encapsulates Chinese New Year: Heat and Noise (熱鬧 – rè nao).  A Mandarin speaker will translate this as liveliness or excitement, but the literal translation is more fun and more elucidating to me.  My introduction to Chinese New Year was via Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street so many years ago, with all the fireworks and celebration, but as seems to be the theme of our experience here, whoa, this is out of control.   For our first CNY we hosted our first visitors and ended up suffering a special brand of PTSD.

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