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Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse Celebrations #AlmostWordlessWednesday




I had the most amazing time this weekend with my mom and siblings and I wanted to share it with you. As you may have noticed our Almost Wordless Wednesday is back. This is where I usually highlight what happened during the week or over the weekend in picture format. I originally had my part 2 of my road trip to share with you but decided that this was even more awesome! 


This past Saturday our Asian Pacific Market decided to have their Chinese New Year celebrations a bit early. If you're unaware, the start of the Chinese New Year is actually January 31, 2014 but this was an early celebration. I am so happy that they did because I was able to enjoy my first Chinese New Year celebration. It was fun seeing all the performances and activities and I am so excited to share it all with you. So without further ado, here is a look at what I was able to see in photo format along with a few videos as well. Enjoy!

There was a LOT of people there but mommy was able to lift me up to see most of it. When the crowd parted I was able to squeeze my way through being the small person I am and see even more.


First up was the amazing dragon dance.






I was totally amazed! All I could do was stare at what I was seeing, I couldn't tear my eyes away. The costumes were amazing, all the colors and the performance.


Now this next performance was what really caught my attention. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Was it really a dragon? Well it wasn't. It was actually 2 performers doing the routine and they did a splendid job. I know that I wouldn't have been able to do this, no matter how much of a daredevil I am. I did tell you that I was going to show you lots of photos, but I promise I won't over do it.






Now there are two dragons, one gold and one silver. I just had to put this photo of the gold dragon in there. Sure the dragon is beautiful but wanna know why I decided to highlight this one? Check out the background. That is a photo of our beautiful Colorado mountaintop. Colorado makes the perfect backdrop for photos don't you think?





After the amazing performances mommy decided that we should all go and get something to eat. We ended up going to Golden Coral where I ended up getting some delicious ice-cream. Then it was off to do some shopping at TJ Maxx. I thought that was a fitting end to a great day, don't you think?


Have you ever been to a Chinese New Year celebration? What was your experience like?


What is Madison wearing? Get the look!
Denim Jacket - OshKosh
Tee and Jeans - Lucky Brand Kids

Shoes - UGG Australia



Annmarie John
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  1. I have never actually been to a Chinese New Year celebration in all my years believe it or not, but totally looked like fun and especially how the day ended with ice cream. Can;t go wrong there ever!! :)

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  2. I have nevere been to a Chinese New Year celebration either, but I really would love to. The dragon dance looks wonderful and all the costumes are so colourful! I'm sure my daughter would love it too!

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  3. it really loooks so good. I am sure your lil girl had a great time :)

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  4. this looks like an awesome place to go as a family and learn about different culture!

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  5. I have never been to a Chinese New Year celebration! From your photos I can tell I"m def missing out!! We live in a small town PA and never have exciting things like this happen.

    And I have to agree the Colorado make a beautiful background :)

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  6. I know our family would LOVE to see a celebration like that! Definitely on the to do list! Thanks for letting us share it vicariously! The colors and costumes are so vivid and enchanting!

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  7. I've never been to one, but oh those mountains! Perfect backdrop, you're right. And it looks like it wasn't frigid cold out, right? It's making me dream so much about spring and summer. My favorites!

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  8. Great pic's! I have never been to a Chinese Celebration. Looks like a fun time

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  9. Great pictures! I love field trips like this. Thanks for sharing all the colors and excitement!

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  10. What a great day of excitement. I'm a little jealous that my weekend was boring in comparison!

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  11. That looks so fun! I've never been to one of these celebrations but would love to go. The colors are amazing and everything looks even more beautiful with the mountains in the background. Madison - I love your jean jacket! :)

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  12. This would have been awesome to see! I hope to see one sometime. On my bucket list!

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  13. Is it the year of the horse? I am born in the year of the monkey. I love all the amazing and bright colors and am imagining the sounds and smells of the day. It looks like the weather was perfect!

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  14. That looks like so much fun! I've always wanted to see a Chinese New Year dragon just like this one in person!

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  15. sounds like you had a great day. The Chinese New Year celebration looked really neat and fun

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  16. That is amazing. So colorful. I would love to see this.

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  17. We haven't been to a Chinese New Year celebration, but we have watched them on television. So neat!

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  18. I have never been to a Chinese New Year celebration. It looks really fun and colorful though!

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  19. You are one cool kid, Madison. I'm glad you took all those pictures for us to see. I'm going to check on Chinese New Year's celebrations here in Charlotte next week ... we still have a little time!

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  20. I have never been to a Chinese New Year's celebration but totally want to after seeing your amazing pictures!

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  21. This looks like so much fun! I bet my boys would love it! Great pics too Madison!

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  22. This looks like a lot of fun. In the city where my daughter went to college there are lots of Chinese New Year celebrations and we always wanted to go to one.

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  23. I've never been to a Chinese festival - only Japanese. Great photos! :)

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  24. What a fun day. I love chinese lion dances. Im wprking on a Chinese New Year post I will link back to yours.

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  25. What a wonderful day for you! Lucky thing - you are able to get the good seat on your moms shoulders! I have never been to a new year celebration, but whould lov ego!

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  26. i haven't experienced a chinese new year celebration. lucky you seeing such beautiful parades and celebrations!

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  27. Oh wow. The festivities look AMAZING! Something to see in person I am sure.

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  28. I work for a company that is headquartered in Taiwan, but have never taken the time to learn about Chinese New Year or really observe the holiday. From what I see in your posts and the community I've got around me, I could definitely be more active and enjoy the Chinese New Year celebration! I'm putting it on my list of things to do and will research some events and add them to my planner.

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  29. This looks like a ton of fun!

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  30. Aw man just the Golden Corral?! I was hoping to hear about some amazing Chinese Food. I guess they didn't have it there or your mom decided on something she knew everyone would love. Amazing pictures Madison!

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  31. I have never been myself, but those costumes and decorations are spectacular. I bet they may have something like this in Chicago. If so, I should go sometime. I bet it is wonderful to experience in person!

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  32. I would like to celebrate the Chinese New Year where you are! The background is breathtaking! We went to celebrate one year, many years back. It was interesting with the dancing dragons roaming the streets. But lots of fun. If it weren't so crowded, I'd take all my children to see it this year. But we hate overly crowded places. :(

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  33. I love Chinese New Year celebrations! The costumes, the food, the street demos... all so amazing.

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  34. I have never been to a Chinese New Year celebration but it sure looks interesting! Colorado is a beautiful state-I visited some friends there once-and those mountains are magnificent.

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  35. AMAZING pictures! They do the Chinese New Year up big in Boston, too, but I have never gone because it's just too cold to stand outside for that long this time of year.

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  36. This looks like so much fun and the pictures are beautiful too!

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  37. Wow, that was a lot of fun - early celebration I guess? haha! Seeing a dragon dance is always a happy event for me :)

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  38. Oh Chinese New Year in New England would definitely have to include tons of warm clothes! brrrr.. It does look likes lots of fun and very colorful sights. I've always loved visiting our ChinaTown in the city and the shops, foods. Sounds like fun was had by all!!

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  39. Beautiful photos- thanks for sharing!!

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  40. AWESOME pictures, it looks like such a great time!

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  41. Wow, I love your pictures, so gorgeous!! This looks like such a fun event!

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  42. That looks like so much fun! I have always wanted to see something like this, so I'm a bit jealous!

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  43. I've never been lucky enough to have one taking place near me. That is seriously neat, and I LOVE seeing the mountains in the background!

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  44. what a wonderful celebration i would love to be able to see this one day

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  45. Wow how beautiful and amazing - I am with you I wouldn't have been able to take my eyes off it all either. So much fun!

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  46. How lucky you are, Madison! That looks like an amazing day. I have never been to a festival like this.

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  47. I like watching those and thank you for sharing the video. Very entertaining, I miss attending this kind of events.

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  48. Thank you so much for sharing this. I wish that more places did this so we could see what other cultures are like without visiting the actual country - I do not like to fly. That is absolutely beautiful

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  49. I'd love to visit these celebrations some time. Looks like fun

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  50. I've never been to a Chinese New Year celebration, but looks like a lot of fun! My hubby was very excited when our baby was born in the "year of the dragon" and now our next one will be "year of the horse". Good things to come I hope :)!

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  51. No I have never been to a Chinese New Year celebration or parade. I would love to. The one that you went to looks like it was a fun time and lots of things to see.

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  52. The pictures and the video are amazing. And Madison looks so enthralled. What a magnificent festivity. And you are right, Colorado is the perfect back drop.

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  53. Great pictures and videos we used to go to the celebrations in London but have not been for a while,its always great fun and amazing to watch,Looks like you had lots of fun Madison :-)

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  54. I LOVE the colors and textures they used especially in contrast to the beautiful mountain backdrop! Breathtaking!

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  55. Im so jealous-I wish we had a market like that here! That looks so pretty and neat.

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  56. Oh what beautiful photos! I've never been to a Chinese New Year celebration although I live in NYC where there is a big Asian community. I see I'm missing out on a lot. Seems like you and mommy had a nice time.

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  57. The colors are so amazing in all the parade costumes and dragons are gorgeous. I would love to take my kids to a Chinese New Year celebration. It is so great you are exposing your kids to different cultures.

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  58. This looks like such a fun time and as always you look as cute as a button!!
    Happy Birthday Madison!
    XOXO

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  59. I've never gone to one but after reading this I might have to!

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  60. i am a chinese, so i have. it was really fun. we get to play fireworks and get angpow .

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