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Chinese New Year 2013 – Year of the Snake

One aspect I have always believed that the boys need to be immersed in is culture – especially their own culture. With each new generation, more and more of the “old ways” are being forgotten as we dispense with archaic practices in favour of modernism. In all honesty, I am not a stickler for old practicesContinue reading “Chinese New Year 2013 – Year of the Snake”

Festivals: Winter Solstice 2012

The first time I celebrated the Winter Solstice festival (also called D?ngzhì Festival) was after I got married. Back then, I knew nothing about this festival and mistakenly called it the Spring Harvest Festival – but you can still see what practices are followed by clicking the link. The boys are usually present for such festivals, butContinue reading “Festivals: Winter Solstice 2012”

Celebrations: Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival 2012

It’s Mid-Autumn again on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. I’m not really a traditionalist with following customs but I do believe in the preservation of culture and what better way to do that than to teach it to our children in our own homes? For that reason, I encourage the boys to participate in all theContinue reading “Celebrations: Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival 2012”

Celebrations: The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

It is Mid-Autumn Festival and a nice activity to do with the children is to make your own lantern. One of my fondest childhood memories were of coloured lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival so I thought it would be nice for the children to share this memory with me. Unfortunately, with Gareth being sick thisContinue reading “Celebrations: The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival”