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    The New Year in the countryside

    For Chinese people, the New Year is an event with extraordinary importance. Metropolitans are so familiar with the unique visions that can only be seen during the New Year in metropolis, but not the ones in countryside. What is the custom like during the New Year there? This year, I interviewed people in Nanwang village, a beautiful small village in middle of Jiangsu province.


    As for farmers living in the inner China, nothing is more sacred and cardinal than the New Zodiac Year. After a whole year of hard working on the farm, farmers tend to rest and relax themselves during the New Year. Harvested crops in the farm that have earned farmers decent profit and the biting cold weather demand people a warm and sumptuous feast to celebrate the great harvest this year and wish for a promising harvest in the coming year. Children are coming back from big city like Beijing and Shanghai, and families are enjoying a precious reunion.


    Wang Mingsheng, an 85-year-old senior who has 4 children was exhilarated because all of his children were coming back to celebrate the New Year with him. “[The dinner the evening of New Year] is more than a dinner, because we hardly get together during other time. It is a rare opportunity where family members can be present and spend time together”.

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