January 23, 2012

scenes from my weekend | a celebration of chinese new year 2012 | year of the dragon

More than three weeks ago, the world welcomed 2012 with bubbles, sequins and perhaps a few midnight kisses. Today, those of us who have eastern roots that lead back to China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Malaysia are celebrating the Lunar New Year (commonly called Chinese New Year) with bright red clothes, loads of tasty food and a little extra green in our pockets.

This is one of my favorite holidays, and I love sharing the tradition with the ones I love. On Friday, the teacher man and I headed to my hometown to visit with family and friends and celebrate the year of the dragon, one of the luckiest signs of the Chinese zodiac. We stayed up late with cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews, friends and my mom playing games, eating traditional foods and drinking beer, all from the comfort of a home that was decked out in holiday decor.

Here’s a few scenes from my new year’s eve part 2 weekend. Gung Hay Fat Choy and Chuc Mung Nam Moi to all!

chinese new year dragon dance lion dance

{My mom, the teacher man, my nephew and I went to the public library for a small lion dance/dragon dance on Saturday. So happy to see a diverse group of people in Bentonville, Arkansas, come out to experience a fun tradition!}

red envelopes li xi lucky money

{One of my favorite parts of Chinese New Year celebrations is getting red envelopes filled with "lucky money" to start the new year off right. I especially loved this envelope with the adorable little kids on the front!}

hot pot

{Family-style meals make me happy. We had two hot pots of vegetables and seafood along with various noodles, rice, Asian-style barbecued pork and more to munch on Saturday night.}

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Cheers to a prosperous new year and a great week!

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  • http://forallthatjas.blogspot.com/ Jas

    that looks delish!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      @jas oh it was!

  • http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com Caro

    I LOVE hot pot!!!

    Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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