Happy Chinese New Year!
What? What’s that you say?
Chinese New Year was February 3rd? This post is late, late, late?
Well, my friends you are wrong. The Chinese, in all of their infinite wisdom, had the foresight all those thousands of years ago to make Chine New Year 15 days long. You heard right. Fifteen days.
So if you do the math, you will discover that this post is not late at all. It’s just at the end of the celebration, not the beginning. And I hope you have a few minutes because I got a few (OK, 30 some) pictures to show you.
Yes, we have been rockin’ the Year of the Rabbit the entire time. So here is the big wrap up of all of the festivities.
To start the new year, Molly and I cleaned the house. This is a Chinese tradition which is intended to sweep out the bad luck. And it’s a great way to get your kid to help you with the housework. Another example of Chinese wisdom, if you ask me.
Next, we prepared a dinner of traditional Chinese food. We had noodles to give us long life, dumplings for prosperity, and beef with broccoli because, well it is one of the few Chinese dishes that I am good at making.Molly got a Chinese New Year book and a Hong Bao. A Hong Bao is a red envelope filled with money. She totally gets money and was excited to get four crisp dollar bills; one for each year she’s been alive.
Later in the week, Molly completed this Chinese Zodiac project. Molly is a Dog and I am a Dragon. The Dragon is the only sign that the Dog is supposed to avoid. Hmmmm, maybe that’s why we are always butting heads!
Last weekend our Families With Children from China (FCC) hosted a huge Chinese New Year Celebration. Our organization is very large and I can’t even begin to list all of the wonderful things they do. Molly’s Chinese language, dance and choir classes are all organized by FCC. In addition, they sponsor many, many events throughout the year. Molly’s China playgroup sprang from our association with our FCC. Their influence on Molly has been huge. She is so proud of her culture and has such confidence about being in a mixed-race family.
For as shy as Molly can be sometimes, she loves to perform. She was excited that she got to be in two performances at CNY this year. Here are the girls in her dance class posing for pictures before their time on stage.
A few last minute instructions before they danced.Right before her performance, Molly dropped to the floor, stuck her head out from underneath the curtain and shouted, “Hi, Dad!” It was met with laugher from everyone in the first 10 rows. That’s my girl!
And the moment you have all been waiting for…the big dance!
Here’s the amazing Chinese yoyo guy. I wish I had video. It’s hard to believe that a guy with two sticks, some string and an hourglass-shaped spool could be so entertaining, but he had us all mesmerized!
Molly’s next performance was with her choir. This is a multi-aged group and they did an outstanding job. The older girls helped the younger ones so much throughout the year. They are such good role-models. Here’s a little sample of Molly singing, sort of.
And that’s our Chines New Year…All fifteen days of it.
Xīn Nián Kuài Lè!