Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chinese New Year - Belated!

Any excuse in this household for a celebration! I've been meaning to post pics for ages from our Chinese New Year's Celebrations. Yes, thats plural! We managed to have a small celebration as a family which included a simple evening of take out, dumplings, mandarin oranges, the traditional red envelopes, and a lantern or two. We then took part in some festivities which were run by a local senior's group where we were entertained with music, dancing, a fashion show, puppet shows and had a chance to try different foods and do crafts.

The following week, we also managed to get to Chinatown for the Dragon Parade which takes place during Winterlude. Lots of fun! The entire ground around us reverberated from the sheer power of the drums. Keira was enthralled.

Needless, to say, Keira was spoiled this New Years! The red envelope she received at the festivities put on by the senior's group was filled with chocolate coins, which thrilled her as chocolate is a favourite treat. The red envelope she received at the parade actually had a real quarter in it. She also received a red envelope from my parents and from yours truly. She might not understand the value of money now (she simply enjoyed taking it in and out of the envelope), but I know in the future it will be a big deal!

Applauding some dancers - this girl loves her music and dance!
All she wanted to do was give the puppet's hair a tug!

As the parade moved up the street, more and more people gathered and everyone followed the main dragon 

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