Lunar New Year Celebration – Lots of Pictures

29 Jan

We had a super fun night celebrating the Year of the Dragon with the Families Through Korean Adoption group.  I’ll be honest, I thought about not going because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be hard or if I was going to connect with any other parents. There are quite a few and it’s not necessarily easy to connect with parents running after their super-speedy toddlers.  But, it was great and we were lucky enough to sit with a great family and had great conversation. (Thanks Dena!)

Here are some pictures

Making the dragons.

  Miles ALMOST has the Korean picture pose down. One too many fingers. 😉

In Korea, on New Years day, it’s traditional to pay respect and honor the elders in the family with a traditional bow.
Here the kids are learning how to do it.

And here they are bowing to ME! 🙂
And traditionally, when one bows to the elders, the elders give children gifts.
Specifically money
And sweets.
There was a TONS of good food as well as TONS of kids running around the gym.   What is it with a gym and kids who can’t control the running around?
And then, some of the awesome, talented Korean and Korean American students at our university preformed for us.

We got to watch some amazing dancers dancing to K-pop.
We got an amazing song performed for us.
And we had an awesome Ta-Kwon-Do performance.

I love the kid looking up thinking, “what am I doing!?”

And last, there was a magic show where Logan was picked to be the assistant for one trick.
There was more fun, running around, dancing, playing and eating.
Another mom that I’ve met from the group helped me round-up some amazing contacts to possibly be Cora’s Korean conversational partner, which was hugely helpful.

It was a GREAT night! I think it’s so important for the kids to see other families who will be just like ours.  As well as the awesome college-age students who welcome them into every activity they are doing to help them learn more about Korean traditions.

I feel blessed by the number of Korean American families in our area and hope to slowly get to know more families as times goes on.

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5 Responses to “Lunar New Year Celebration – Lots of Pictures”

  1. Avah's Mom January 29, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    It is awesome you guys have this group available!! I wish we did!!:):)

    • Jen January 29, 2012 at 3:31 am #

      You’ll just have to come visit during a party. 🙂 Yes, that’s what should happen!

  2. Dena January 29, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    It was great to visit with you guys!! Glad you came. And really do let us know if you have any questions before you travel.

    • Jen January 29, 2012 at 3:32 am #

      We definitely will, Dena! Thanks for the great convo!

  3. grammom January 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    It is a small world and I’m so glad you got this opportunity.

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