Happy Lunar(Chinese) New Year to all. It is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac system. It also happens to be my year for whatever that is worth. The Lunar New year holiday vibe is similar to but also very different from Christmas/New Year holidays in the west. Similarities: big holiday, family time, a lot of eating, gift giving( Chinese custom mostly giving red packets: 紅包 of cash), etc. The Lunar New Year holiday can be as much as a week or more at times (at times because the dates change each year as opposed to the Gregorian calendar which is pretty fixed). Due to the longer duration and the crowding in Taiwan (here for me), most places are jammed and not very much fun unless you like crowds and moving at a glacial pace. So what most people do is practice the art of chillaxing during this time. Hanging out at home, sleeping late and taking naps, hitting Netflix. Those that like to gamble play mahjong with family and friends often through the night.