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Almost Wordless Wednesday - My Chinese New Year Celebration - Year of the Monkey



The Chinese New Year officially began on Monday, February 8th and this year it's the Year of the Monkey. While Colorado doesn't have an extensive Asian community, however there is an Asian Pacific Market and every year the celebration is held there. There are traditional dances and food and it's an amazing event. Mommy decided to take me once again this year. My last experience was 2 years ago when I celebrated the Year of the Horse. The celebration this year wasn't much different from the past but I enjoyed it just as much, and maybe quite possibly more since I was much older as well. It's also been a while since I've done an Almost Wordless Wednesday post and I think this is the prefect one for this.


I got there while they were still getting things together, but there was so much people there and everyone was so much bigger than I was that it was hard to see. Luckily for me I happened to have the best seat in the house. It doesn't get any better than sitting up high. I was able to see EVERYTHING.







I saw the traditional dragon dance which is often seen at Chinese New Year Celebrations. The dragon which are a symbol of China is believed to bring good luck and the longer the dragon, the more good luck it will bring.  They are usually colorful and I just love seeing them.




I also got to see the traditional lion dance. It's another that I saw the last time I went to the celebration. There were quite a few colors and while the traditional dragon dance is done by many dancers, the lion dance is done with two. They are entirely covered so you can't see their faces. It sure was fun to see, especially at the end when the lion climbed the pole.





All in all it was an amazing celebration and I really enjoyed it. It lasted well into the night and maybe when I'm a bit older I might do the night celebration which I'm sure was a lot of fun. In the meantime May Your Heart Be Filled With Love. Have a great Wednesday!

Let's discuss: If you've been to a Chinese New Year celebration what did you enjoy the most? 

Annmarie John
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  1. That sounds like such a fun celebration. I am sure they do something here in Boston, but I have never been.

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    1. Oh it truly was a lot of fun and you may have to check it out since I'm sure most states do have one.

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  2. I was born the year of the monkey! I wish I loved closer to our celebrations, looks neat!

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    1. While I lived in NYC which has a HUGE Asian community, I never went to their celebration. I however try and do as much as I can here in CO.

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  3. I would love to attend a Chinese New Year celebration that would be so much fun observing their cultural customs wouldn't it?

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    1. I really think it would be and if you can find one where you live I think you should most definitely attend.

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  4. I went to a celebration in Chinatown, SF once. It was awesome! I know Des would love the dragons. And he'd get the best seat in the house too - on tall Cassidy's shoulders!

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    1. Oh that surely is the best seat in the house isn't it? My husband is 6'5" tall so she surely had a great view. I've never been to any other celebration and have to say that the one here is the only one I've been to. Would love to go to others in other states and compare them.

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  5. It's always nice to see the dragon dance during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Looks like you had a great time too!

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    1. Oh we all had a great time and while it was almost like the last one we went to, she seemed to enjoy it a lot more since she's also older.

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  6. These photos are so gorgeous and full of color. I can only imagine how awesome a nighttime celebration would be.

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    1. That's what I'm thinking Monica, that a night time celebration would be awesome!

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  7. I have never been to a Chinese New Year celebration, however our exchange student is part Chinese and she shared with us what Chinese New Year celebration is all about.

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    1. That is awesome and I would suggest seeing if you can go to a celebration one of these days. I think you'd enjoy it.

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  8. Oh my word. These photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love all of the amazing colors in them!

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    1. Thank you but they look so much better in person if I do say so myself.

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  9. I would love to have watched any Chinese festivals or celebrations. I should look to see if they had anything local to me.

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    1. I think there is one in almost if not every state. You'd really have to Google it and see. I never went to the one in NYC when I lived there and I'm sorry I didn't go. Wouldn't mind going to see it now.

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  10. I've only ever been to 1 Chinese New Year celebration and it was fantastic. I loved the dragon dance and had no idea the meaning behind it until now. Good to know.

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    1. I never really knew about it either, I just loved seeing the dance but you should really try and go to a celebration one day.

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  11. Amazing pictures - the colors are just wow! I've never been to Chinese New Year celebration, but I will go if I ever have a chance :)

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    1. I hope you do get a chance to go. You'll enjoy it.

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  12. That looks so fun. I love watching the dragon dance during the Chinese New Year celebration.

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    1. Oh it was a lot of fun watching it myself as well.

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  13. Wow. So colorful, lively and fabulous. My Chinese friend here hosted a nice party and we decorated our house to some extent... Happy Year of the Monkey!!

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    1. Oh I'm sure that must have been a lot of fun. Maybe I might try decorating one year.

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  14. We don't have anything like this near us!! So we celebrate at home. My kids would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be a part of a live celebration like this!

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    1. Celebrating at home isn't a bad thing. We celebrated at home last year as well.

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  15. This is what you've been saying about in your comment to my post. Your CNY celebration is very colorful! Great photos!

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    1. Thank you Claire, it was a lot of fun going but I'll love to see yours. Yours was amazing!

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  16. Chinese new year "The year of colors". I also wanted to know 'why this year called as monkey year?? Still didn't get my answer from many friends, Please share with me

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    1. I'll have to get back to you on that since I have no idea myself. I'm sure Google might be able to help.

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  17. I haven't been to one of these celebrations before, but I have heard about so many from a group of Chinese women I used to work with. They explained a lot of the traditions surrounding this holiday, and it was very cool to understand it!

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    1. We had a HUGE Asian community in NYC and I never attended one until I came to CO. I would really love to hear all about the traditions.

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  18. I've never been to one but this looks so colorful and fun. I was born in the year of the Monkey.

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    1. Awww how amazing and your year is here again. How cool is that?

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  19. Colourful, festive Atmosphere is what I love the most about CNY! Lion and dragon dances look so royal too.

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    1. Oh yes there is so much to see and do. I can't wait for next years celebration.

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  20. What a wonderful way to celebrate and to teach about chinese culture. This looks like a really fun celebration very colourful for the enjoyment of the whole family

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    1. It truly was a great way to celebrate with family. Can't wait to see it again next year.

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  21. Wow this looks like amazing fun! I love the colors and my favorites (of all time) are always the dragons. Sorry I know it's the year of the monkey but the dragons steal the show everytime!

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    1. Oh the dragon dance and the lion dance are my absolute favorite as well.

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  22. I've actually never been to a Chinese New Year celebration. Even when I lived in NYC and they really did it up. Now I wish I had gone, it always looks so beautiful and full of spectacular color.

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    1. When I lived in NYC I never went to any of the celebrations either. I wish myself I would have gone to a few of them too.

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  23. Super excited about visiting china in a couple of months, I will be taking tips from you!

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    1. I wish I had tips to give but unfortunately I don't since I've never been to China myself.

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  24. You do have a great celebration in your area for Chinese New Year. For us, it's mainly the Chinese community that has the celebrations.

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    1. There is a very small Asian community here and they make sure to celebrate every year and it's fun to attend.

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  25. Glad to see Chinese New Year being celebrated in another part of the world. Explosion of colors in your photographs alone!

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    1. Thank you Fred and I think that wherever you find an Asian community there might be a celebration.

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  26. I love the colourful and full of festive mood photos. Lion dance is so auspicious every year.

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    1. The explosion of color sure is a fun thing. We love it.

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  27. For us the most enjoyable part during Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner, where all the family members gather and have a great meal. This is our tradition.

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    1. Oh that is a great tradition. Almost the only time the family comes together is at Thanksgiving.

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  28. CNY is really colorful. I'd want to witness one celebration in the future. It looks like more fun than January's New year.

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    1. Oh the New Year celebration is something truly unique and one of a kind. The Chinese New Year celebration is also truly one of a kind.

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  29. Glad you like the Chinese culture Madison! Then you must visit Malaysia someday because it's also a big thing over here but it's more multiracial.

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    1. Oh we would love to visit Malaysia. There are so many countries on our bucket list that we want to visit.

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  30. I hope to attend such a celebration in the future!
    I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. The photos are breathtaking! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you George. It sure was a lot of fun and I can't wait to celebrate again next year.

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  31. My CNY was spent on bed, down with fever and sore throat. sadly, but luckily, because it stopped me from over indulging! But I did get to put my own fireworks!

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    1. So sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well but good to know you still enjoyed yourself.

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  32. The event looked super festive! I love that had both lion and dragon dances to celebrate CNY. where there fireworks as well?

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    1. Hi Phylicia we didn't stay long enough to witness the fireworks but they do have them.

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  33. Can you believe that I've lived in Brooklyn all my life and have most certainly been to China Town but have never been to the parade. You have just convinced me to go because I'm sure ours is amazing!

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    1. Don't feel bad Zara but we lived in BK and never experienced it until we came here. I'm sure the one in Manhattan is amazing and I might have to pay them a visit one of these days.

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  34. I was in Sydney during Chinese New Year. They had a week long celebration going on in the city. I missed the big day though. Looks like you had fun!

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    1. Oh how I would love to visit Sydney. I'm sure their celebration was amazing. I would actually love to see the way it is celebrated in different parts of the world.

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  35. Happy new year! May you have a prosperous one filled with wonderful adventures!

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    1. Thank you so very much Erica, I wish the same for you as well.

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  36. I have never been to a Chinese new year celebration but it looks like it would be a lot of fun. I would love to see the dragon dance or really, any other cultural tradition.

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    1. You should be able to see if you have one close by. I know most places usually do.

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  37. What an awesome post! i have not been to a CNY celebration like this, only on a smaller scale. This is so cool.

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    1. Well this one is pretty small since the ones that they have in NYC are HUGE. I would love to see one of those.

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  38. A lovely celebration - and great photos as well! I admit I've never been to a Chinese New Year's Celebration, but I hope I will one day! So colourful!

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    1. Oh it is beautiful!! I hope you're able to attend one yourself one day. I'm hoping to attend one in China if possible. Another thing added to my bucket list.

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  39. So magical, wish I was there. The year of the Monkey I think its really great to be able to see the celebration in person.

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    1. Oh yes it was and I'm hoping to be able to go to the one that is actually in China one day. It's on my wishlist.

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