Friday, February 19, 2010

Kung Hai Fat Choy

Come celebrate a Chinese New Year with us and enter a contest at Jimmie's Collage!

It's the year of the tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac, and Anna Rose used her drawing talents to depict the tiger in this colorful crayon illustration.

We started off with a delicious stir-fried dish composed of chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, red peppers, zucchini, carrots, celery, water chestnuts, and baby corn accompanied by brown rice. Probably not exactly authentic Chinese cooking but we loved it!

Anna Rose fashioned a paper lantern. The symbol on it means "tiger" in Chinese.

Here she is painting the symbol for "happiness" on a banner which we will hang at the sides of the door.

Here is the finished product. The symbols mean "happiness" and "riches."

Anna Rose enjoyed reading several Chinese folk tales that we checked out of the library.

Her favorite was The Voice of the Great Bell by Lafcadio Hearn, retold by Margaret Hodges. "There was a little girl whose father along, with other workers, would be killed if the king's bell was not finished by the next morning. The girl wanted to save her father from death so she went to a magician and asked him what to do to save her father. The magician said that she would have to jump inside the melted gold, brass, silver, and metal. Then they would blend together and make a bell. If you want to find out what happens, you can find this book at the library." - review by Anna Rose

Here is a piece of music that Anna Rose recently learned called "Chinese Song."
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Thank you for stopping by to share in our celebration.

May your happiness be as wide as the East Sea!


Anonymous Lynn said...

Emily, I am on a quick break and just wanted to pop in and say hello. I will be showing Michaela everything your daughter has created for her study of the Chinese New Year! Anna Rose is very talented! I wish she could be near enough for our co-ops! :)

Thank you for your encouraging comments. My work keeps me too busy to visit all of my friends everyday, but I do love hearing from you and playing catch-up when I can!


1:44 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you for taking the time to pop in! I wish it could be in person, and that we could join your wonderful co-ops. We're not so very far away, but alas, too far for that. At least we can visit via our blogs, and that is also gratifying in its own way.

I will pass on your compliments to Anna Rose. If she had her way, she would make things all day long. She is so creative, just like Michaela; I think they would definitely be great chums!

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you studying China for much longer,or will you be moving on to something else soon? cousin,Judy

10:13 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi Judy,
We're not really studying China, just the New Year celebration itself. It was a fun diversion for us for the past week as we did a little something each day. Thanks for visiting!
Love, Em

12:54 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

What an incredible celebration. Sprite and I especially like the dui lian (the door banners) that you made. They certainly cheer up that snowy scene outside.
Your dish looks yummy!
I'll post winners on 25th. You'll want to check that post. Hint. Hint.

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure enjoyed seeing all that you and Anna Rose prepared for your Chinese New Year. I'm sure you had a wonderful time. I miss those younger years' activities. Great job on the piano...sounded very authentic!

I saw your post at Morningside Family. Thank you for the website referral. Things have been so busy--haven't had a chance to check them out, but I hope to soon!

8:38 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you; we've been having lots of fun this week learning and making things! We will be visiting your blog on Thursday! :)

Thank you for the encouraging words. We have a lot of creative fun together....after having two boys who were NOT that way, it was a blessing to have a little girl who enjoys crafting. Oh, and you're will reap much inspiration and encouragement from Barb Shelton and Marilyn Howshall, two very wise women.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Emily and Anna Rose for winning the Chinese New Year Contest! And thank you for sharing your learning experience with us, I love seeing your growth and progress : ) Amazed&Inspired~ cousin,Judy

12:10 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you for the encouraging words!

7:49 PM  

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