Monday 1st January 2007by benandbethany
Xin Nian Kuaile!
The picture above is of how Violet greeted us this morning (and every morning). What a way to welcome the new year!
It is January 1, 96 here in Taiwan! The Republic of China, of which Taiwan is a part, was founded in 1912, making this the 96th year of the Republic (民國96年 or R.O.C.96). For example, Violet’s referral information stated she was born in 95. We’ve also seen this type of date on our apartment lease and on expiration dates of food. They use the Gregorian calendar too. In fact, Taipei 101 had a big 2007 on it during last night’s celebration. Ben and I watched the Taipei festivities last night on TV. There was a beautiful fireworks display set off of Taipei 101 at midnight. Locally, at midnight we heard a lot of firecrackers and some distant fireworks from our apartment.
At 1 PM today, we welcomed in the new year with Ben’s parents via Skype, as you saw in the video. The video of the ball dropping went from New York to Atlanta, broadcasted on Channel 2, then through Skype to us in Taiwan, recorded onto our camera, then back out to you on our website!
In honor of my paternal grandma, who I dearly miss, we are not doing laundry today. Grandma was a little superstitious and was anti-laundry washing on the first of the year. We are also supposed to be eating black eyed peas. Don’t know where we could find those. Perhaps we can just listen to some music by the band with the same name instead. I learned today that Ben’s family eats black eyed peas for pennies and greens for dollar bills.