Lunar New Year in Taipei & Next Adventure

As promised, I’ll be sharing with you how I celebrated Lunar New Year in Taipei. Today is the second day of Lunar New Year! πŸ™‚

When I arrived to Taipei end of summer last year, I was excited that I’ll be spending Lunar New Year here, and was looking forward to it, because I thought it would be more festive than in Canada. To my shock, it is not as festive as I imagined it to be; even my local friends admit that Taipei is the least festive city during Lunar New Year. The main reason is that most of the people who usually crowd the streets and MRT stations are actually transplants. They live in Taipei because of work and when it’s Lunar New Year, they return to their hometown to celebrate it. I learned that over 50% of whom I assumed were local Taipei residents return to their hometowns. Therefore, the past few days have been eerily quiet and empty, since most stores close too. I’ve actually been enjoying the peace and quiet the past few days, with less people on both the streets and subway.

Nonetheless, there are some little festivities around the city to remind us that it’s still Lunar New Year, such as red decorations and Lunar New Year sales in stores that are opened during this holiday.

Below, I’ll share a few photos with you so you can get a feel of Lunar New Year festivities:

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Of course Taipei 101 Mall is decorated and it’s opened to tourists. πŸ™‚

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Inside of Taipei 101 Mall

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Another department store with beautiful red decoration at front door

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I thought it was cool that even Krispy Kreme celebrates Lunar New Year and sells Lunar New Year themed donuts!

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Top row, sells a few kinds of Lunar New Year donuts, the monkey one is so cute! πŸ™‚

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Of course lots of stores sell Lunar New Year decorations…red means good luck! πŸ™‚

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Some typical New Year snacks Taiwanese eat as introduced to us by my Mandarin professor.Β 

 

I was very happy that my landlords invited me to go grocery shopping with them and experience the hecticness of buying food to prepare the two most important meals/dinners of Lunar New Year: New Year’s Eve & First Day. It was most crowded with people at the grocery stores and the markets. That was where I felt the most festive atmosphere! πŸ™‚

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This is Hua Gao (literal translation: Flower High); it’s a very yummy sweet cake that is eaten during this time because it means in whatever endeavour you pursue (e.g. work place) you will be promoted to a higher level.Β 

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Busy Nanmen Market on New Year’s Eve

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I was told by many Taiwanese friends that I won’t be able to see a lion dance in Taipei, but they were wrong! On the first day of Lunar New Year, I was woken up by loud drum sounds so I quickly went to see where the noise came from. I was really thrilled to see the lion dance from afar, on my apartment balcony. This lion dance went on for about 20 minutes in front of the department store. Very festive indeed!!

Eating homemade New Year’s Eve and First Day of New Year dinners with my warm-hearted lovely landlords and their family was a very wonderful experience! I learned it takes them the whole day to prepare such a feast!

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New Year’s Eve Dinner

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First Day of Lunar New Year Dinner

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I found it very interesting my landlords decorated even a refrigerator door with red Spring scrolls. They told me that wherever there are doors, the red Spring scrolls must be put on. The Chinese character on the fridge door means “full”. The word full signifies that all year long one is never hungry, and have enough to eat. πŸ™‚

Living in Taipei has been beyond what I expected…I’m filled with happiness every day and feel so blessed to have met so many warm-hearted and caring souls, and exposed to so many different exciting everyday adventures!!

I am now off on my next adventure, to New Zealand for my 200 hours yoga training and some travelling down under and some other countries for the next few months.

I will not bring my laptop while travelling, but when inspired by what I see and experience, will try my best to share with you via instagram. On the right hand side of my blog, I’ve added an instagram link (violet_everydaygirl), so feel free to click on it whenever you want to see where I am in the world! πŸ™‚

Like this sweet dumpling soup that my landlords are sending me off with (they say it’s for good luck this year and will encourage me to be the best person I can be as only sweet thoughts and words will come from me), I wish you all a very sweet Year of the Monkey, and wherever you are or go, may only sweet and good things follow! ❀

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With love and gratitude,

VioletΒ 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Lunar New Year in Taipei & Next Adventure

  1. Happy trails to you Violet! May each step, each breath, each rising and setting of the sun fill you to immense satisfaction. Well done!

  2. Violet, it makes me happy to know that you are enjoying life and learning so much. Thanks for posting those pictures. The grocery store does look very festive – and the New Year’s feast looks totally amazing – what delicious looking food. It’s interesting that I have been looking into going to New Zealand also. I hope you will have some good tips for me – and how could I go that far and not visit Fiji. Take good care, Sending a big hug your way,
    Maureen

    • Hi Maureen, Thank you very much for reading my post and commenting. πŸ™‚ Life is good indeed! Just finished my yoga training and am now unwinding in Auckland. I also hope I’ll write a post about travelling in New Zealand after I finish travelling throughout this country, so keep posted! πŸ™‚ That’s so exciting you’re thinking about going to New Zealand. I’ve only been here for almost 3 weeks and I can already tell you that New Zealand has captured my heart! ❀ Sending you back a big hug! XO

    • Thank you once again for your compliments, inspiring me to continue to write here! πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m lucky to have such good landlords. Thanks so much! Loving my time here in New Zealand! πŸ™‚

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