Friday, February 18, 2011

Chinese New Year...A Bit Late

Both our town and neighborhood have very diverse populations, thus our kids go to school and interact with a fabulous variety of races and cultures. Will's preschool even has weekly Spanish and Mandarin language sessions. It is fun to hear him say more in Mandarin than just "Ni Hao Kai-Lan!"

Back at the beginning of February, Will's class spent several days talking about the Chinese New Year, the associated festivities and generally learning more about Chinese culture. At dinner each night he shared what he learned.

On February 3rd, the first day of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration, both Will and Eliza Grace decided to make and decorate paper lanterns and put little battery powered votive candles inside. Will also had his mask that he made at school and Eliza Grace made a dragon mask at home, complete with a movable tongue that stuck out of its mouth!
Scott found some traditional Chinese music on the web and the kids turned off the lights and had a blast parading through the house.

It was a great evening of family fun.

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