Friday, January 30, 2009

Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year was celebrated on January 26th. The Montessori School, where I am the School Nurse, always has a Chinese New Year parade that we attend. This year we invited our neighbors and friends, who are Chinese, to come with us. They were the guests of honor and led the parade around the Court House.Here are the children getting ready to put the dragon head on at the start of the parade (the date is wrong). Previous to the parade, the children learn how to count to ten in Chinese, make some Chinese characters, and make lanterns and noisemakers that they carry in the parade. There are about two dozen children in the parade. Two of the children have been adopted from China, so this is special for their heritage.
Our daughter, who works nearby, also came by on her lunch hour and marched with us.
It's an interesting time for me, having been born in China.

When I was in China, as a little girl, I remember being a little fearful of the New Year, because of the noises of firecrackers as they paraded in the streets of China.

How thankful I am that we do not have to fear, if we put our trust in God. In Psalms 27, it states: "The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the refuge and stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (The Amplified Bible)


Oma aka Meme said...

awesome time and yes, fire crackers can be like a shot in the dark--and yes, we have a awesome God- hugs from Meme

Anonymous said...

What wonderful fun ya'll must have had, takes for sharing.

Smilingsal said...

I find out something new about you all the time! Born in China--how fascinating. You must do a post on how that came to be. Thanks for sharing. Happy Spiritual Sunday.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

What a great post!D I'm sure you must of had so much fun.

Anonymous said...

How blessed you were and are. I can tell by the posts you made about your childhood in China that you were not afraid. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.
Firecrackers - this makes me think of our daughter. When she was a little girl she didn't like the 4th of July because she was afraid of the fireworks. She still doesn't like them.
Have a great Spiritual Sunday.

Clif said...

Very, very interesting! Your posts are always enlightening and I feel blessed to "know" you. Good pictures!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. You should post your plaque, too. How is it homemade, cross stitch, calligraphy, other?

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Ruthie,
What wonderful memories for you of China and to be able to celebrate and not have that fear that you had as a child.
I hope that you will share more with us about your life in china.It would be such a blessings.

Susie said...

Hi Ruthie,
The parade looks like great fun :)
Wonderful pictures too!

Susan B said...

Hi Ruthie,
The parade looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm sure the children love participating in it. I love the outfits you were wearing. How neat that you were born in China. You must have had an interesting childhood. How old were you when you came to the US? Thank you for sharing your pictures and glimpes into your life. God bless.

Kathy said...

Good morning Ruthie :) I just wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I just adore your blog. Such pretty pictures! I'll be back often! I hope you have a lovely day ♥ Kathy

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Great pictures, it looks like you all had a great times.


Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

What a neat tradition! I love your tops. Very pretty.

a portland granny said...

What a fun day. Its a good way to meet people, too. I don't know how I missed this post as I now have the list that tells me when there is a new post! Anyway, I came as soon as I found you had a new post. I DO like this new way of keeping up with the blogs that I follow!!

Sweetie said...

What a remarkable day. I love hearing about your childhood. I would really love to know more about the time that you spent in China as a child. I think that it's facinating.