Another New Year?

Day Six-Alternate-6385Ten days into 2014 and all around me are preparations for another New Year celebration, one, I am told, that will put Times Square and other New Year celebrations to shame. In three weeks China will Celebrate 馬 Mǎ — the Year of the Horse complete with the largest migration in human history when hundreds of millions of people will travel home  for, in many cases, the only time all year.

As preparation for this holiday people have been laying in food for the traditional Reunion Dinner and all around town you will find chickens, ducks, eels and meters upon meters of sausage hanging from storefronts, telephone poles and balconies. This is an apartment building adjacent to the north half of our compound where tenants are drying their meats and poultry alongside their laundry.

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