In Taiwan, dogs don’t say, “Ruff Ruff!” they say, “Wang! Wang!” The year of the dog started at midnight today, so dogs barking, people saying, “Wang! Wang!” and an amazing amount of firecrackers all night long (are we under attack?!) were all part of the celebrations.
We had dinner last night with a family that is investing in Pacific Educational Institute: Charles and Angel, and Charles’ parents and brother. They were great hosts and we had a wonderful time. They knew some English but not much so it encouraged us to try with our little bits of Mandarin. We had a huge delicious dinner (in which we recognized almost nothing), learned how to toast with real strong wine (Baba – ‘grandpa’ – got a little tipsy for a bit!), and I learned how to play Mahjong (but not very well!). I also discreetly included the offering to the ancestors in the edge of one picture.
It’s interesting for us to be on the receiving end of the “taking care of the poor immigrants” routine. We’ve had foreigners in our house or church in Canada, where they had hardly any language and hardly understood the customs or holidays or traditions. It’s such a great blessing for us to have people take care of us like this, especially when they aren’t confident with their English and are having their holiday meal invaded by strangers.
See pictures from tonight here, and pictures from PEI’s first week of Winter Camp will be coming soon.