Friday, February 4, 2011

happy chinese new year...

as the chinese new year falls on a different date every year, the question on everybody's mind is when is chinese new year 2011?  this year it falls on february 3.  the chinese new year is celebrated as the symbol of spring's celebration and this year it is the year of the rabbit!

here are a few chinese traditions...
on the eve of chinese new year, families gather for a dinner.  feasting on dishes with pig, duck, chicken and sweet goodness.
the traditional chinese calendar ends with a lantern festival which is on the 15th day. nowadays, paper lanterns are displayed to add a festive touch to home and businesses celebrating the start of the lunar new year.  this is evident in most chinese-american communities.
children receive candy and money in red paper envelopes. of course,  the one thing my kids look forward to about chinese new year!
being that hubby is chinese-american, we'll do a dinner with a couple of chinese dishes within the 15 days and of course, give the kids their red envelopes!

happy chinese new year & happy friday friends!

{photos via pinterest board}


Suzanne W. said...

Those are some neat traditions~happy Chinese new year my dear bloggy friend!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

happy chinese new year!!
all the celebrating im seeing though is making me crave chinese food. mmm!

simplyvonne said...

Happy Lunar new year girl!!!! I miss getting those envelopes!! =( lol

Diana Mieczan said...

Those lanterns are so beautiful:) Happy Chinese New Year, sweetie

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet alely, happy chinese new year! These are really gorgeous photos!! I adoe those lanterns lots too. Thanks so much for entering the giveaway at sweet sandy's...she is awesome. :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to yoU!

Marissa said...

Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of luck and happiness.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Happy New Year right back at ya!!!

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jozen said...

we have a huge chinese population up here in vancouver, canada... so there are always fun community events to celebrate too!

gung hay fat choy!

MamaTales said...

Hello Miss Lee! Jumping back on your page to comment back. I miss those red envelopes too! We got a little something something up until we said "I do". Now we have to hand them out to the next generation. My daughter is big enough wear wear her very 1st ao dai. So cute, it's a bright pink. Happy New Year!

Diana said...

Happy Chinese New Year! I have some dear friends who gave my little man some red envelopes. Cute blog, I'm def a new follower!!!
visiting you from MBC!

Becky said...

Those lanterns look so pretty, I wish there was a chinese community here where we live. We went out tonight and I ate my fill -- I mean when else can you eat that much duck skin, right? Happy New Year!

steph said...

hi alely!
you have such a cute & sweet blog.
thanks so much for visiting mine's :)
I'm so overjoyed to find many sisters in Christ through the internet! so awesome & so unexpected.

i'm also sooo thankful that you're a prayer warrior for my grandma as well! thank you for your phil 4:13 encouragement. I know that "rom 8:28" will always be engraved in my heart as well.

Hope you guys enjoyed your Chinese New year!

much love & blessings to you,

Margaret Almon said...

What beautiful colors in these photos--I love the aesthetic of your blog.

the meaklims said...

I also adore your blog, it is so pleasing to the eye. Not to mention these fabulous CNY celebrations. I always love learning from those who know best. You inspire me. :)

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè!