Chinese New Year Fun-U-Cation – The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival wraps up the Lunar New Year on the full moon, 14 days after it begins.  My kids learned about the lunar cycle and even drew their own versions with white crayon on black paper.  We gathered at Heather’s house to celebrate this final night of the new year and it was a blast!  The Lantern Festival is all about fun AND remembering ancestors.  The kids each took a quiet moment to remember a loved one who has passed, and they sent them things for the afterlife with Joss paper.  We also lit prayer candles.  We wrapped up with lots of  joyous moments, including the dragon dance, s’mores, and fireworks.  Hee, hee, hee!

My real camera is dead, so all of the photos for the last couple of months have been courtesy of my iPhone (not the best quality).  I was also helping with many of the activities, so I missed some photo ops.  Still, you can see the cool dragon decoration, the lanterns in the trees, and the kids remembering their ancestors and offering their burnt offerings/prayer candles.  It was SO much fun.  I can’t wait until next year!

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