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Happy Year of the Dragon

Posted Jan 25 2012 1:52pm
Last Sunday, my parents and I took the kids to experience the celebrations for Chinese New Year. We walked all over Little Saigon (much closer than Little China for us) throwing poppers on the ground.

We visited all the outdoor markets and bought hot candied mango, fresh lemongrass, red gladiolas and pink peach blossom branches. The fabric and the produce markets were my favorite.

We visited all the curio shops and tried on paper mache masks.
Grammie even bought the girls traditional Chinese dresses.

The highlight of the afternoon was seeing the Dragon parade pass right in front of us.

Tonight we are having a Chinese New Year celebration for dinner. I'm not daring enough to serve some of the stuff we saw for sale on Sunday (raw eggs and snails still in their shells!) So we'll be having a very Americanized feast of Chinese chicken salad and egg rolls. After school, the kids and I are making these Almond Cupcakes with fortunes inside again, for dessert. I've been saving the China Little Passports just for this occasion! I've set the table with everything red and gold and Megan wrote place cards using a Chinese alphabet worksheet she got at school. We are looking forward to a fun night learning more about China, its people and their customs! 
Happy Year of the Dragon!
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