Red Thread

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break." ~ Ancient Chinese Beli

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Gong Xi Fa Cai

We have really enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New Year again this year.  Extra special for us while living in Asia as it is a major highlight in the calendar of events. The girls both had big celebrations at school and we have seen many a dragon dance in the past week!  When we adopted Lexi we promised, in writing, to raise her to respect her heritage.  We do this in many ways through out the year but Chinese New Year has become a real fun tradition for our family to enjoy together.

Sunday the 10th marked the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2013, the Year of the Snake. One of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the snake signifies cleverness and tenacity and is associated with the element of fire. In the larger Chinese astrological cycle, this year is also associated with the element of water, which makes 2013 the Year of the Water Snake. The combination of the water and fire elements may signify turmoil in the months ahead. But people around the world ushered in the new year with displays of fireworks, family get-togethers, temple visits, and street festivals. 

Monday and Tuesday were public holidays here in Singapore so everything was closed.  Schools, businesses and many shops etc.  It was the perfect opportunity for us to connect as a family and take some time to honor Lexi's birth country.  We spent the day in China Town on Tuesday enjoying the festive decorations and lots of yummy foods and the girls were able to spend a bit of their Hong Bao in the markets (The custom of giving hongbao to the young signifies the transmission of good wishes and good fortune. The money inserted in the hongbao is intended only to give a little joy to the young recipient, more important is the expression of good fortune represented by the red paper.)

Below is Lexi's preschool newsletter highlighting the celebrations of CNY in her classroom. If you look closely you might find her!


Here is to wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous year of the snake!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!!

And since this year Valentine's Day falls on the 5th day of the CNY holiday it is the perfect time to express our love and gratitude for everyone we hold near and dear to our hearts! xo