Monday, February 11, 2013

Chinese New Year

It's the start of the new year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar!  Chinese New Year always falls in the months of January or February, this year it's February 10th/11th.  Each Chinese new year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac: 2012 was the year of the Dragon, 2013 is the year of the Snake!   

Some of this I know from my 3 year old daughter who has been studying China for the last month at May River Montessori.    Today she was supposed to wear red and gold as a symbol of good luck.  As she proclaimed to her teacher getting out of the car: gold is on my Rapunzel underwear.  I am wearing just red on the outside.

(Photo side note:  I am practicing with my {newish} Nikon 50 mm lense on my D3100 camera. If this looks out of focus to you, it is not your eyes...Still practicing...) 

At school they've been working on creating lanterns and practicing "a dragon dance."  Today is the big day to do the dance, Molly was so excited.   I wish I had some time to really do some crafty things for the kids, I would have used our Asian Symbols Peel & Stick stamps.  

Regina Mangum used these and the Asian Icon Peel & Stick stamps in this beautiful card for the New Year. 

These stamps are available exclusively at Smithsonian Museum Store online!  Head on over there to get yours now. 

The most important element of Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner which is held on the eve of the New Year.  Traditionally, the reunion dinner spread is lavish, with multiple courses including dishes of chicken, pork and fish.  I am so excited to cook a feast tonight that includes noodles.  If you haven't already seen Mae Armstrong's cute chopsticks for the New Year - check them out!  They'd be perfect for my dinner tonight! 

2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail.  Having focus and discipline will be necessary this year according to Chinese culture.  May it be a good year for you! 

1 comment:

  1. Very Cute! I saw those chopsticks this weekend.
    My boss's wife has added red flowers to our office lobby for the Year of the Snake.

    Happy New Year!