Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

We hosted a Chinese Dinner in celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Grandma Noi brought fried rice and egg rolls. I made a couple of chicken recipes from our favorite cookbook. We had green tea and red bean ice cream for dessert. The kids had fun making crafts before dinner, decorating paper lanterns, creating dragons, and coloring masks. We just invited family and had about 16 people come. We picked up some firecracker poppers at the local Asian market and the kids loved making all that noise. Sophie and Logan made red door banners for decorating their rooms and Paul did the ones for the front door.

I had the kids paint on the red paper with black paint after showing them some examples from the web.

Afterwards, I asked them what the sign says, what they would like to tell people who came for our party. Sophie's says "Happy to You!" and Logan's " Big Surprise!"

We had red envelopes for the kids with lucky money in them. Chinese New Year entails so many different traditions. My hope is that we will be able to add to our celebration each year as we learn more about the culture.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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