正月十三:day thirteen of my ‘hóngbāo’ adventure

Okay, I have been bad and have posted this a day late! My excuse is I have spent the entire day in one library or another getting work done so once evening came, I was shattered.

So, imagine it is the Saturday 20th February, and it’s day thirteen wooo!

With two days to go until the Lantern Festival, China begins preparing for the celebrations. Firstly it is pretty common for everyone to eat vegetarian dishes to continue detoxing their bodies. In the southern part of China, this day is the day to appreciate lanterns. On this day, Chinese people in an endless stream will go to Town God’s Temple ‘城隍庙’ chénghuáng miào) to appreciate lanterns.

A folk saying goes like: 13rd and 14th are for gods to enjoy lanterns, 15th and 16th are for ordinary people, whereas 17th and 18th are for the ghosts. (十三十四神看灯,十五十六人看灯,十七十八鬼看灯)
As it’s a very Chinese day, I decided that my friend and coursemate Ciara is going to be the oracle for today. She is a final year Contemporary Chinese Studies student and loves learning mandarin and China.
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Ciara with her pink envelope!
Mark (who is Day Eight), Ciara and I have made a great team together studying mandarin and they are such good people. This is her wisdom and is what Ciara truly believes in as her life lesson:

Remember what counts in life

This is advice that makes us step back and think. Something I would say our parents liked to remind us regularly as we grew up and something that society tries to teach us through education and morals. Without making it sound like we are not good human beings, it is important to remember how lucky we are to have what we do compared to many. It is good to strive to better, to want to improve and succeed in life, however, it is also necessary that we keep a realistic perspective on life. Ciara explains that it does us no good to look at others and always wish for what they have because it makes us forget what we individually already do. In essence, she is slightly rejecting the phrase: “the grass is greener on the other side”. In many ways I agree with her, I am freaking lucky and blessed with what I have, from having a roof over my head to being able to travel and see the world. It is easy to think “oh that person has it so easy because they have their next step figured out, like a job in China for example”, and I’m still debating whether I put the Masters first or a year in the Asian world. However, by remembering what counts I know that I just need to take things day by day and love what is right in front of me than think anything negative.

Ciara also explained that she learnt to value the people who matter and not waste so much effort on those who don’t. This applies to the moments where you need the people who will always be there, and in return you do the same. We spend our time with anyone, have fun, share experiences (good and bad) but remember to appreciate those who count in the whole mess that life is. In short, I think that “remember what counts” is about grounding ourselves and loving life just as it is.

I hope I’ve done this justice….

Lots of love,

Xo.

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Georgie

British. Foodie. Traveller. Cat-lover. being a twentysomething and trying to have an adventure at the same time, speak chinese, spanish, korean and english, hence: this is the life of a language student, now transformed into georgettaloretta.com ! xo.

5 thoughts on “正月十三:day thirteen of my ‘hóngbāo’ adventure”

  1. 活在当下,知足常乐!努力奋斗你最爱的事,努力拥抱爱你最的人!
    Btw, 图片里的那个女孩好漂亮~你可以告诉我她的电话号码吗?

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