The Chinese New Year was actually on February 7th. Our FCC (Families with children from China) had our CNY celebration this past Saturday, so I wanted to wait and post after that.
Happy New Year... below in Chinese
gung hay fat choy - Cantonese (Sophie's dialect)
gong xi fa cai - Mandarin (Ella's dialect)
This is the Year of the rat. If you were born in the following years, you are also a rat....1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032.
The rat is ambitious, a problem solver, and loose with the purse strings. They are also volatile, suspicious, critical, and power hungry. Their fields of success are writing, movie criticism, and public relations. They get along well with the monkey and dragon, but not with the horse!
Our 2 China Princesses.....
with their "lucky" red envelopes
with their Mommy
with their good friend
Some fun pictures of Sophie who begged me to put "2 pretties in her hair" for the occasion.
The girls doing the traditional Chinese Ribbon Dance
and the Dragon Dance
Hey, look closely....does the cute little face of this dragon look familiar?
and peeking out from the middle would be Sophie!
watching Chinese dancers
I wanted to list some of the Chinese New Year customs, traditions, and superstitions...but there are many, so I will post a few now and share a few at a time in my posts throughout this month....just for fun!
*Do not use knives or scissors on New Year's Day as they might cut off fortune.
*It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
posted at 8:20 PM