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Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
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And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
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How you spend your traditional holidays?

Hi everyone, now some of my colleagues are discussing where they will celebrate or spend the coming Chinese traditional spring festival, so I want to ask all of you how you spend your traditional holidays? Having a trip to be abroad, or celebrating it with your families? As the development of globalization and the improvement of lives, more and more Chinese choose to spend their holidays to some famous and fantasict countries or places, such as Thailand, Dubai, France and so on.
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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    The main traditional holiday for most Christian countries is Christmas and families get together or people go away for some holiday. In Hindu countries, Dashain and Tihar (as it's called in Nepal) in the autumn is a major holiday when again, members of the family try to get together to celebrate. Losar, the Tibetan New Year is approaching very soon so again many people in Nepal will be celebrating this.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Chinese lunar december is a special month for Chinese, not matter where we are and who we are, because this is the last month of the Chinese lunar year. When I was young, my parents began to buy some gifts including candies, nuts, fruits, vegetables and of course new clothes for every member of the families in this month. There are various kinds of delicious food, small gifts and a long holiday in this month, many sweet memories connect with this month. Almost everyone tries their best to be back to home and celebrate Spring festival with families. I have been in Algeria for nearly five years, which means I have spent five Spring festivals in this country with my colleagues instead of with my families, now I am feeling pretty homesick and do not want to do anything. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Are there any other Chinese colleagues working with you who you can celebrate with @lisa? I remember when I was in Nepal at Christmas there were always a few European friends to celebrate with.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    There are lots of Chinese colleagues in our company who will not have any trips and spend three days' holiday in our project. We will celebrate this holiday and make dumplings together. @mheredge But I feel homesick very much, especially miss my daughter very much.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    These times are the worst when you are far away from your loved ones @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    So I have made a decision to allow myself to have a short, relax holiday which will last about ten days. Without studying, without any new words, just doing something which I expect to do. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Will you travel or just in the place where you're living now @lisa? Sometimes a change of scenery makes for a better break.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    My holiday means I do not not need to study English in my spare time. @mheredge :#
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    edited February 10
    I had some girls who were allowed to take a day off for Teej , a women's festival celebrated in Nepal, but who said it gave them time to do extra English study @lisa! They were very dedicated students.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    I am so shy to hear that, because I have played for a few days. :s @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Tomorrow is Shivaratri, a Hindu festival. It is a National Holiday in Nepal and celebrated widely in temples all over the country, but especially in the Pashupatinath temple. The Nepalese army will parade around Kathmandu to pay tribute to Lord Shiva, and holy rituals will be performed all over the country. Artists from various classical music and dance forms perform through the night. Married women pray for the well being of their husbands, while unmarried women pray for a husband like Shiva, considered as the ideal husband.

    Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow, but most of my Nepali friends will be taking the day off.


  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Nepal is in tropic region, am I right? It is very curious, because it is the neighbour of Tibet, and Tibet is very cold even in the summer, people have to wear thick clothes in the morning. I met one British couple in the train in 2015, they came from Nepal because the husband works as a doctor of Borderless organization. There was an horrible earthquake in Nepal in 2015, they went there to help local people and back to Uk through Tibet. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Nepal has every type of climate from the very hot, sub-tropical in the south to the icy cold of the highest mountains in the world @lisa. In the north, Upper Mustang has a similar landscape and climate to Tibet as it is on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Kathmandu's climate is similar to the Mediterranean climate in terms of temperature though there is no summer monsoon in the south of France!
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    The hometown of my husband is very near to Tibet, actually his hometown is the last station next which the train stations belong to Tibet and the train begins to supply oxygen. Tibet is very famous for its natural scenes and landscape, there are numerous people to be there in order to appreciate the marvellous scenes,but its climate is realy hard and a real challenge for them. @mheredge Although our home is very near to Tibet, we have never tried to be there, because it is a bit dangerous.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Why is it dangerous @lisa? I thought that this area you're talking about is mainly rural, maybe with a few farmers.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    The density of oxygen is much lower than my hometown, and I do not think my health is good enough to have a trip in Tibet. @mheredge The dangerousness refers to the climate instead of area security.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    If you acclimatise and go to the higher altitude gradually @lisa, anyone can go to Tibet. Even people who fly to Lhasa, even if they feel breathless or have a headache are usually fine after a day or two.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Last year I was attacked by altitude sickness when I was in my husband's home, or I should call it as our another home. I thought I was on the verge of death at that moment, because I could not have a breath freely. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    How high is your husband's home @lisa? Did you fly there?
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Before we arrive his home, we must come across the plateau whose altitude is about 3000 to 5000 meters, the average altitude of his home is more than 2000 meters, unfortunately, my home locates on the sea level or normal sea level. There are not direct flight line to his home, but we can take a direct train line to his home. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Easter is in a few weeks. In the UK they have two days off so have a very long weekend, but in France they only have one day off (not Good Friday). I have not planned anything but will avoid travelling around then as a lot of people will probably be on the move.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    There are lots of one day off holiday in Algeria, for example, the holiday is Wensday, then they have Wensday off for a holiday, Thursday they have to continue to work, but in China, we usually are given a holiday from Wensday to Saturday, then Saturday will be our first working day. For most of people, one day off is not enough, it is too short to enjoy anything, in my opinion. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    In the UK they always put the one daynholidays on Monday so that people can have a long weekend @lisa. In France there are a few days that are in the middle of the week, so what people do is they take off one or two days between the day off and the weekend and have an even longer weekend. They call it 'faire le pont' or make a bridge.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Chinese holidays seem to be combination of the British ones and French ones, but it is true that three days' holidays are too short to be hometown or have an excellent travel. @mheredge Short time trip makes people tired and sluggish.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    It's fine if you don't have far to go @lisa, but these days people travel so much further and so I agree, three days is not really enough time to have a proper break.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Some of my colleagues went to Dubai for a travel during Chinese Traditional Spring Festival, one of them has been feeling uncomfortable since he has been back from Dubai, maybe that is one of the drawbacks of short time trip. @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I always want my holidays to last longer @lisa. I used to find it very difficult readjusting when I got back. My only solution was to plan my next trip.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    Haha, it is really hard to adjust when we come back from our long holidays. My colleagues told me they did not want to be back to Algeria after they finished their annual 30 days' holidays. @mheredge My husband has the same feeling, but for me, it is OK.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I used to need about a month after my holiday to settle back into the routine again. The only way I coped @lisa, was to start thinking about where I wanted to go for my next holiday.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭
    We have one day every week for a rest day, even after this short holiday, I still need Sunday to settle back into the routine again. Sunday is a hard day for me, now, because I really do not want to do anything although I am sitting in the office now. @mheredge
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