初五: day five of my ‘hóngbāo’ adventure

If you want to start from the very beginning of the Chinese New Year… http://wp.me/p566Mh-C2


 

Today, the 12th February, is a cloudy and cold day in Nottingham so leaving the vicinity of my cost and warm bed to start the day at 7:30am felt like a challenge already. Nonetheless off to campus I went and realised that I didn’t have a chosen person for my ‘hóngbāo’ (red envelope) today. Nooooo! I had wanted Mark, a classmate of mine, to do it but seeing as it was his birthday yesterday and he hadn’t shown up for mandarin, I knew I had to re-think…..

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It’s the fifth day of the New Year and traditionally it is known as ‘破五节’ (pòwŭjié) which means that the taboos during the Chinese New Year period can be broken. The rules such as ‘don’t sweep the house’ are lifted and people return to normal daily routines. It is also considered the birthday of the God of Wealth or Fortune. Therefore, on the chance that the God may visit the family home, a massive feast is cooked. It is very common to eat dumpings ‘饺子’ (jiăozi) rather than rice as they resemble the Chinese ingots. Ingots are the ancient currency used until the 20th Century in China, they resemble little Chinese-style hats. (and are in the image above). Some say that women are not allowed to leave the house as it is bad luck on this particular day, but other sources claim that they can leave but for too long in case they miss the God’s visit.

Now onto my little quest for people’s advice and life lessons…

This time I chose my Spanish Translation Lecturer who has the joy of seeing me for three hours a week: Jean Andrews.

Jean Andrews
Jean Andrews

Never give up (on your dreams)

Compared to yesterday’s advice, this is short and sweet, and I love it. Jean is a professor at Nottingham University and is an inspiration to me in a sense that her vocabulary is AMAZING. Her study and knowledge of translation is vast and the way she commands the attention of students in a lecture is fantastic. To me, it is obvious that she was not one to give up. This shows that regardless of the little challenges and hurdles we have to navigate over on our journey of life, being stubborn and sticking to the reason we made our choices in first place is not going to turn out wrong of us. It may not turn out as expected however, in a strange inexplicable way, will become what we want.

I don’t want to say too much about this advice because I feel I would repeat myself and ruin the simplicity of the phrase ‘never give up (on your dreams)’. So, live and breath it everyone!

I hope you all have great weekends and let your feet up for a bit… and enjoy Valentines (and Anti-Valentines if that still exists) if you are celebrating. ❤

Lots of love,

Xo.

 

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Author: 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.

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