Sunday, February 10, 2013
Year of the Snake
This is Silas' first Chinese New Year with his family. I am guessing that his celebrations of the New Year in China were much more exciting then they will be here! We won't be setting off firecrackers, sending lighted lanterns into the air or making homemade dumplings.
It may be the year of the snake, but we only have our blow up dragon and the littles are excited when we turn it on and it lights up for them.
Tonight, we are headed to a traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant to kick off Chinese New Year. Silas still has a deep sense of loyalty to China, and anything Chinese. When we say we are going to eat Chinese food, he cheers and yells.
Over 1.3 billion people in China and millions of Chinese around the world celebrate the first day of the Chinese New Year – February 10, 2013 – today. It’s the most important of Chinese holidays, kicking off a celebration that lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2013, it’s the Year of the Snake.
Festive dance parades are held featuring colorful dragons or lions, ceremonies are held to pay homage to deities and ancestors, children receive money in red envelopes, gifts are exchanged, extended family members visit each other, and there’s more traditional feasting.
Gong Xi Fa Ca!