Or....Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!
Isn't China such a fascinating country?! Just so full of culture! We were very fortunate to travel to China this time of year...3 years ago when we traveled for Ella. Boy, do they go ALL out for this Holiday! Everywhere we went, there were decorations and then we were serenaded by fireworks each night! Which the first time we heard them, were so loud, we thought they were gunshots!
Below are some pictures that I took while we were there of some of the CNY decorations. I added the group shot picture, because if you look in the background, you will see how all of the homes decorate for this Holiday...with the red banners...bringing good luck into their home for the New year.
Ella's pre-school celebrated the Chinese New Year. One of her teacher's has a little girl from China and she really went all out for the celebration. I was so happy! She decorated their classroom and had them do the lion dance along with making some paper lanterns....she even wore a beautiful Chinese silk jacket for the celebration! I made some little goodie bags for the kids to take home.
We put some gold- foil covered chocolate coins in the lucky red envelopes.
I printed out a coloring page for each bag with a Year of the Ox theme and we made little cards with the meaning of CNY.
Our local University has a group of Chinese students that so generously donate their time in holding classes for the girls and boys adopted from China. The class is called Little Dumplings! It is held 4 times a year and the students organize the whole thing....always geared toward teaching Chinese culture. I think this is such a wonderful thing for them to do and a great opportunity for the young kids! The students really seem to love interacting with the young children. There is usually a ratio of 1:1.
Here we are learning the art of Calligraphy.
Sophie is not fond of social events such as these, but we took BaBa along, so he could kind of sit in the corner with her. The Chinese students kept eagerly coming over and trying to help her....and that did not go over well, because they kept touching her and getting in her space. Nuff said!
Next....the art of paper cutting! How amazing is this art? We have many pieces that we bought in China and it is just fascinating! What skill!
Then a student with a lovely singing voice, taught the kids some Chinese songs.
Some motions to go along with the music.
Game time. One of the games involved throwing pretend fruit in kind of a dodge ball type game. My girls did not quite know what to think of this!
Ba Ba...can you help me with this game? Mommy always tells me not to throw balls at people.
The girls with their friend Alexis.
Lucky red envelopes were given out as a CNY wish! You can tell by Sophie's face that it was time to go home. lol!
Ella has been busy making paper lanterns to decorate our home with!!!
So, that is some of how we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year. We are not over, yet, though! This Saturday we are driving out to Atlantic City, where there is going to be a very large celebration. And the Saturday after that, the girls Chinese school (where they take classes each Saturday) will hold their celebration and each class will perform some songs they have learned. We are looking forward to both and will share pics when they happen....weather and viruses allowing! : )
Have a great week!!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Or....Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!