Yang Wei #4: Ben Ming Nian

From China Wiki (I wonder who wrote this soulless crap?):

In Chinese tradition, Ben Ming Nian (本命年) refers to the year of zodiac animal in which one was born. As there are 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig), one undergoes a 12-year cycle to reach his or her Zodiac Year of Birth. Take the coming Chinese Year of the Dragon (which falls on Jan. 23) for example. Those who were born in the Year of the Dragon (1976, 1988 and 2000) in the Gregorian calendar reach their Zodiac Year of Birth. In line with traditional custom, those who meet with their Zodiac Year wear red to avoid ill fortune.

When it was my own Ben Ming Nian in China it always seemed to elicit the comment “You should wear red underwear to avoid bad luck.” This was always followed by the questions “Can you use chopsticks?”, “Where are you from?” and “Do you know that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China?”

Explanation over, we can once again dive back into the life of Yang Wei and see how he is spending the rest of the new year holiday now that his family commitments are over.

(That white stuff in the last panel is hand lotion by the way. Not the other stuff…)

Yang Wei #4


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