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Posted by jessieshome on January 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM

 

Happy New Year and welcome to the year of the Ox.  We celebrated New Year a day early, or maybe a couple of days early.

 

Friday Jessica had a class party to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Her teacher, Ms. Bower, has been exceptionally wonderful.  We try to incorporate as much of Jessica's culture into our lives as possible.  Ms. Bower has allowed us to share these festivities with the class.  Chinese New Year sees the largest human migration on planet, bigger then Christmas and Thanksgiving put together, so it is important for us to celebrate and follow some of the customs.  Jessica really enjoyed sharing this holiday with her friends.  At school we read a book about the dragon dance, made necklaces with red gimp and handed out gift bags with a character fan, chop sticks,  Hong Bao - red money envelope (with bubble gum coins) and a fortune cookie.  The fortune cookie is put in the bag because it is NOT Chinese.  They were first introduced in CALIFORNIA and are based on a Japanese cracker- you will not find them in China.

 

Sunday we celebrated with neighborhood friends.  We had a decidedly Americanized Chinese buffet dinner, made more red gimp necklaces and thanks to Mr. Mike and Mr. Darrell we had fireworks.  Bob had planned to do the fireworks but had to make a last minute trip out of town, there was no way I was going to light those things but the guys came to the rescue.  Traditionally fireworks are used to drive away evil spirits, in our case it scared a couple of young children but most of them had a good time.

 

The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work, sounds like what this year is going to be all about!!!

 

 

 

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