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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Lunar New Year!

It's the year of the rabbit.  So, what's that mean?  Not sure... but you can read more here or here.  Becky always says that I'm not "really" Chinese because I never know these important things!  She's probably right!  I really don't know... but I'm slowly learning!

Anyway, this is how we celebrated.
On Sunday, January 30, 2011, mom prepared quite a feast for our deceased grandparents and my dad.  Look at this beautiful table full of colorful and delicious food!  Yes, that is a whole roasted pig!!!!
They burned some incense with mom:

Then the fun begins!  They LOVE burning joss papers!
Check out this handsome suit that is going up to dad.  It took some time to explain to the children how that was going"up" to their grandfather!

Then we all went back in the house and they learned a new game...  (the link I found is last year's but it was the only one I could find tonight explaining this game).
Afterwards, we had our feast -- my aunt, uncle, cousin (Ratha), and Jim and Clare joined us:

Today, February 2, 2011, I went into MG's classroom to teach the class the little bit that I know about the Chinese New Year.
Crazy mom that I am, I decided LATE last night to make them these shirts... turned out great and they were able to wear to school for my lesson!  (they chose the pictures for their shirts yesterday when we "casually" spoke about making them... not thinking that I would actually have to follow through with it!)

I read this book and then we made paper lanterns!
 It was fun but loud!!!  Reminds me of the days when I taught elementary school!  Makes me thankful for my little break from the classroom!

MG passed out red envelops filled with lucky candy at the end of the day... a nice treat to end the day!

This evening, mom had the 3 line up to receive their red envelopes from her -- pardon the "fancy outfits"... It was late, they had just showered, and I was quickly getting them off to bed.  It was waaay passed their bedtime on a school night!!!

Happy Lunar New Year!!!!


  1. I'm happy I found you at the Friday bloghop. I loved this post about your traditions. Thanks for sharing. A new follower www.mytotlearningtime.blogspot.com

  2. What a spread for the grandparents! Must be a good learning experience about family traditions.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you! Kids just love ang pows !!