Monday, February 15, 2010

Continued New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year became one of my favorite holidays when I lived in Beijing for many reasons: food, fun, and fireworks... and the celebrations last more than a month! Chinese New Year is kind of like Ramadan, when most people take a break for a few weeks to visit with family and enjoy the holiday. The Chinese students hosted a wonderful outdoor dinner for their peers this evening. The dumplings, fried rice, meat, and steamed vegetables were very tasty. Thanks guys!

I hope you can tell that these students are not Chinese... guys from Jordan and Lebanon can also get into the spirit of the Chinese New Year!
In addition to food, there was Chinese caligraphy (everyone wanted their name painted in Chinese characters), some cultural quiz games, hot air balloon launches (shown above), prizes...

... martial arts demonstrations (above), and traditional music (below). Good job guys, we had a lot of fun!

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