Celebrating Chinese New Year by Emily

A university student, Renye, graciously invited us to spend the Chinese New Year with her family.  We were there for three days.  Here are some pics of our time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAzoe with lanterns                             A street close to their home offers New Year decorations   

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are walking to the Buddhist temple with the family

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Candles are lit to honor one’s ancestors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARenya and her father make pork dumplings while a grandmother charms Tim

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARenye is releasing a fresh fish (bought at the market) for good luck — a CNY tradition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Putting an entrance way table and benches outside after cleaning them — to ward off evil spirits.  They are then put back inside and not moved for 2 weeks.  Another CNY tradition.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Chinese drink hot water to keep the body balanced internally.  These thermoses in the kitchen are full of hot water. This is an everyday practice, not just for the new year.   (photo by Sumner)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Many toasts were made during this meal.  Here Tim is making a toast.  The woman in pink and her husband own a scarf factory, and one of their customers is The Gap.  They have customers in Europe, Japan and S. Africa as well.  The orange papers on the wall are good progress reports from school.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                              With a grandmother and an aunt

yucky food  Sweet sticky rice dipped in sesame seeds — a real treat.  We are playing the tile game Mahjong.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA At this meal I counted 27 — WOW! — different dishes (not including sweets) — meats, seafood, vegetables, rice.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  With our friend Renye, an awesome  hostess and translator, who kept communication going between us and a multitude of relatives.  Another cousin also owns a scarf factory that I was able to tour.  I’m wearing a scarf from that factory.

Happy Chinese New Year.

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