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February 10, 2013

Gong Hay Fat Choi! Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Will on Chinese New Year_MG_5632February 09, 2013

It was with a slight twinge of relief that Chris and I fell asleep to rather subdued Indian version of silence last night.  I truly don’t know if I could do more than one truly authentic mainland Chinese New Year experience.

Today, after a lovely birthday celebration for one of Will’s friends, we strung up decorations and played outside while Chris toiled away in the kitchen to prepare for us our version of  Chinese New Year feast.

Will laughing with grandparents_MG_5683February 09, 2013

Will and ahyee_MG_5686February 09, 2013

Will on Chinese New Year_MG_5654February 09, 2013

Will with his Ahyee (technically his gugu but for some reason “ahyee” was the moniker that stuck).

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We gave Will his Hong Bao and talked about the significance of the different foods at a traditional Chinese New Year banquet.  Will was especially keen to celebrate his heritage by helping us to hang the Angry Birds CNY decorations we saved from last year.  Anything that involves a hammer, nails or tape these days.

And speaking of Chinese New Year, its hard to believe that we left China nearly 10 months ago already!

Gong hay fat choi!  Xin nian kuai le!  May the Year of the Snake be a wonderful year for everyone.

Will on Chinese New Year_MG_5640February 09, 2013

Will doing his version of downward dog. He has, as they say, “gone native” and taken up yoga.

7 responses to “Gong Hay Fat Choi! Xin Nian Kuai Le!”

  1. saucygander says:

    Happy lunar new year! We’ve just had a not-completely-authentic new year’s eve feast in Sydney. The oven and stove, and both of our dessert stomachs, are still recovering.

    • Dani says:

      oooh sounds lovely! We aren’t so authentic either, the only mandatory requirement is noodles for dinner. My husband insists 🙂

  2. Jessica says:

    Super cute photos! It’s nice that we *can* get away and feel a little bit normal in our homes even when we live in place far, far away… Happy Chinese New Year!

  3. Natasha says:

    Yum! Those dumplings look delicious. Did you make them?

    • Dani says:

      We did! Every few months we have an afternoon that we devote to doing nothing but cleaning meat, grinding meat, making filling, making wrappers, rolling wrappers and finally stuffing and pleating wrappers. It’s about 4 or 5 hours of work but that gives us at least a few meals of dumplings!

  4. kristin says:

    Mmmmm homemade dumplings, I need to make some soonish. Each bite is so worth it! Cheers.

    • Dani says:

      Definitely, the homemade dumplings are a ritual for us–an all day Saturday kind of ritual but one that pays off in freezer meals for nights to come!

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