Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chinese New Year Celebration!

In honor of our beautiful Chinese daughter, we started a family tradition of celebrating the Chinese New Year!  We put up decorations and dressed her in a red dress which is traditional and had friend rice and won tons!  We love our baby so much and look forward to many more years of celebrations with our darling precious gift!

Uncooked Won Tons

Cooked Won Tons!

Here is a little information on the Chinese New Year (thanks to wikipedia :) )

"Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.  In China, it is known as the 'Spring Festival'.   It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western Carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations. 

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. People will pour out their money to buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". On the Eve of Chinese New Year, supper is a feast with families. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone."

Look out for my next post, the Tales of Life with Four Casts!

Blessings to all!

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