Monday 14 February 2005

Chinese New Year

Each year the Victoria & Albert Museum has a programme to celebrate Chinese New Year so we trundled on down there last Saturday with the kids dressed up in their best Chinese costumes.

The Rapheal room was taken over with various stalls and activites such as tea making, Chinese chess and calligraphy. We watched the Taiwan Toa-Thiu-Thia puppet show (Tale of the Marriage of Two Mice). There was an activity cart in the room displaying the museum's Chinese antiquity collection. K* got to make a mask of a temple guardian.  K* also fed a angpau packet to the Lion during the Lion Dance (R* is still scared of the Lion).

Jenny managed to get free tickets for the cultural performances in the lecture hall so we were treated to demonstrations of Shaolin Temple Kung Fun, a Chinese Yaogu Dance Troupe and performances by the Beijing Ballet. The Baijing Ballet was the highlight for me.

Beijing Ballet Students

So it's a great place to celebrate Chinese New Year and it's been getting more popular every year. We finished off the day appropriately enough at a Chinese restaurant. On Sunday, Jenny and her mom cooked up a traditional storm for some family and friends.

Gung Hey Fatt Choy!

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