new year couplet (春聯 chunlian) with a Chinese brush every year, rather than buying a commercially mass-printed one.
Again I compose another pair of lines, which have something to do with music and the academia, for the year of the Snake, roughly translated as
Studying extensively poetry and literature, I dream of prosperity in the ancient capital (遍覽詩書夢華錄);
Knowing broadly tuning and musicking, I listen to sounds of this secular world (博通律呂觀世音).
The couplet also comes with a banner: Scholars and laymen be greeted in spring (雅俗同迎春).
I'm not sure, but my wife Fanne comments that I am improving and the handwriting is better than last year. Better or worse, it's the tradition of the Chens and will be carried on by my son.
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