We had the best time celebrating Chinese New Year with our FCC (Families with Children from China) group last weekend. This is always our groups big event and really is such a fun and well organized afternoon. Everyone has such a blast, kids and adults alike! It's a few great hours of catching up with our friends and letting the kids experience a celebration of the Chinese New Year. There's red envelopes with a coin for each child, delicious Chinese food enjoyed by all and crafts galore. There is also a lot of running around, chasing and playing with the kids! We always leave this amazing event both exhausted and excited, refreshed from seeing our FCC family and happy for all of the joy the kids have experienced with their special pals!
We got the kids some Chinese clothing to wear this year and I was so happy to see how much joy and pride they both had in wearing it.
Oh but we must back track....before we could attend such an event the kids had to get all ready. Complete with mud masks. Really --- they loved it!
And I got in a quick picture of the three of us before we left.
Once we were all gussied up we stopped to help pick up the food. We took some photos to help pass the time.
And then...............time to play and see our friends!
After the dance all the kids took part in the dragon parade! We have three dragon heads and the kids all form "dragons" to march in. They all love it and it's so cute to watch!
The dragon parade leads to............bubble wrap!!!! Our version of fireworks and so much fun for the kids!
We also attempted the "group photo" of all our darling kids! There are so many that it was actually almost impossible to capture them all at once! (Simone is trying so hard to hold her brother but the two silk outfits is making it difficult as he kept sliding off!)
And back to the crafts they all headed!
Group picture of me and some of my FCC Mama pals!
Well they all sure are handsome little fellows!!!
This year is the "Year of the Dragon" which is a special year within the Chinese Zodiac and considered a lucky year. The dragon is a symbol of power and the only animal in the zodiac that is not real. People born under a dragon year are said to have an aura about them, they stand out in a crowd with their power and intellect!
I hope your Dragon Days of 2012 are filled with blessings and joy !