Monday, February 22, 2016

Wrapping up CNY 2016

Chinese New Year feels a bit like Christmas in our house--it goes on for a long time with lots of food, celebrations, friends, and gifts.

As I posted earlier, we had a big CNY feast in Chinatown with the girls' school. It was a great time and the girls loved the food, giving a short performance and being out late with their friends. Here's Lucy with some teachers and administrators.
All the classes giving a performance together.
The Argyle Chinese New Year parade by our home was on a frigid Saturday this year. We walked over as soon as we started hearing the firecrackers going off at various businesses which meant the Lion Dancers were performing.

I took a few short videos of the start of the parade and then the end with the lion dancers.

Argyle parade part 1 from Lisa on Vimeo.

Argyle parade part 2 from Lisa on Vimeo.

Argyle parade part 3 from Lisa on Vimeo.

While the parade continued on down Argyle, I snapped a few photos. I love this mural on the side of the building.

This restaurant will be opening soon--hot pots are so very, very good!

This lion head has been through a lot.
Cold girl.
Lion dancers and drummers from the Chinese Youth center.
Fan dancers, also from the youth center. They were so cold--it was easily in the teens with wind chills below zero and they were performing in short sleeved silk shirts.

Mesmerized by the dancers.
This weekend we wrapped up the festivities over at Angel's house with a huge Taiwanese-themed feast. Angel owns Little Linguists Academy where the girls took a couple of summer camps sessions. We have become good friends and the girls adore her.

Kate managed to get both of the duck butts for herself. When we went to SunWah BBQ to order the duck to bring, Kate clarified with the person taking the order, "Wǒ kěyǐ yǒu yā pìgu ma?" or "Can I have the duck butt?". They laughed, spoke back to her in Chinese, she answered them again and then they included two for her!
Lucy enjoyed the food (she even tried the pig snout slivers and pig tongue in a bao--both of which she liked) but her favorite was discovering this in the basement!  She was in heaven for a whole 3 minutes until it just got too loud for everyone and she had to give up the drumsticks. I have to admit, she wasn't half bad on them though.
And that's a wrap on the Year of the Monkey for us!

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