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Foreign representatives curious about Chinese New Year

Foreign representatives curious about Chinese New Year

Taipei Feb. 10 (CNA) Chinese New Year is coming, so how do foreign representatives in Taiwan plan to spend their holidays? The Director of the French office is curious about Lunar New Year customs and foods, while the director of the British Council expects to experience a different, quiet atmosphere in Taipei City during the holiday.
"I know Taiwanese people post spring couplets around their doorways, pray to their ancestors, give each other red envelopes filled with cash and gather with their families at the New Year, " said Patrick Bonneville, director of the Institut Francais de Taipei.
Having been assigned to Taipei for about 18 months, Bonneville is already familiar with many of the local New Year customs. He said he finds the giving of red envelopes is one of the most interesting customs, in that parents give them to their children, but once the children have grown up, the roles are reversed and the kids give red envelopes to their parents each year.
The food traditionally eaten at this time of year is also of interest to Bonneville, such as the so-called "long-life vegetable," otherwise known as mustard greens, symbolizing long life, as well as steamed sponge cake and rice cake, which are reputed to bring good luck.
"The customs of Chinese New Year are related to the concepts of family, gathering, fortune and longevity," he noted.
British Council Director Christine Skinner said she expects to go shopping on Taipei's Dihua Street, where people traditionally flock in their thousands to buy many New Year products and foods.
Skinner, who has worked in Taipei for four years, has also added Lungshan Temple, one of the oldest temples in Taipei, to her New Year travel plans, although she added that what she is most looking forward to is enjoying the peace and quiet of Taipei during the holiday period, as many of the residents will be out of town visiting family further south.
(By Sunnie Chen)




Updated : 2021-10-27 03:08 GMT+08:00