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Friday, 30 January 2009

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Even if you don't find yourself in Asia during Lunar New Year, if you are in an area with an Asian population and any special events for the holiday, take your kids to them!  How can kids not love a celebration that includes fireworks, food, loud drumming, and dancing lions?

Our first Lion Dance was in Malaysia; two amazingly athletic guys under a red costume that looked like a foo dog danced to the accompaniment of multiple koto drummers.  The lion was spinning and leaping on poles 30' off the ground, and the kids loved it when he would pose and snap his huge jaws.

This year, one of the local schools hosted a two-day festival put on by the local Chinese chamber of commerce.  They also had a lion dance (although not on the high poles, and the drums weren't painted with cigarette ads), music and dancing, and lots of activities for the kids.  I wanted to cut tissue oxen for the new year, but my son mainly wanted to watch the koi in the large bowls, and eat dumplings and moon cakes and noodles until he burst. 

When we lived in Asia, we made sure to take red envelopes with a bit of money inside as gifts whenever we visited someone during New Year.  At the festival here in the states, we tied our envelope onto the school's money tree.  We brought home another set of chopsticks and an ox to color, and good memories.
Posted in All Ages : Asia : Dec.-Feb. by Raq W. at 11:32 AMPermalink

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