Lunar Celebrations, take 2.

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Yeah, let’s try this again.

So anyone who subscribes to this blog may have gotten an “update” which really just had the title and no blog…stupid wordpress. I’m talking to you wordpress! I had typed and published a whole wonderfully witty commentary on the New Year, pictures of adorably traditional-garb-wearing Korean children and all, and come to find out the very next morning that it was erased for reasons unknown. Maybe I’m too avant-garde. Yeah. That must be it. I’m being censored!

Back to business.

The past week has been incredibly busy. Last Wednesday was our Lunar (Chinese) New Year “event day” at Reading Town, where the children dressed up and we played traditional games. Thursday was the bf’s birthday, Friday I took the bf out for a fancy meal celebrating his 25 years of life, and the rest of the (long) weekend was spent enjoying that sacred extra day off. Busy busy!

So although we normally do our events for the children on Thurdays or Fridays, our director decided that we needed our special day to coincide with a visit to our school by an important lecturing man-word on the street was that he was the creator of Reading Town franchise. Big stuff! And of course, you know, why would you want children around in a school when parents are coming in? Yeah.  Thus, we rounded up the kiddies on Wednesday morning to trot on up to the kumdo academy on the 5th floor. First, we made pocket purse things for the traditional money-giving. More on that in a minute. Then Lisa and Steve (poor, American Steve) taught the children how to bow properly. A big part of this holiday is visiting one’s parents/elders and performing a ritual bow to show respect. Men and women perform this bow separately, and then the elder in question gives them money (to put in the special pocket!).  After this tutorial, we broke up the kids into classes and it was pretty damn adorable when all of my Lion children did their little bows and said “happy new year” in Korean. Heart-melting, really.

After the bowing we played the usual assortment of incredibly simple traditional Korean games. It amazes me that the same children who spend a ridiculous amount of time either studying or playing super graphic video games can be amused by activities such as these, but it pleases me to no end that they do. For our event day and the time allotted, we played four games. Unori consists of throwing sticks in the air and then moving accordingly around a board. I don’t know how to play, so that’s as far as my explanation is going to go. Chaegi cheogi is basically an old school version of hackey-sack. Then there were marbles-everyone knows marbles. And finally something that involved throwing a large, soft Lego at a tower of  Legos and trying to get it to fall down. Mind-numbing for all their simplicity, and this is what makes them happy. Yay!

Now we’ve got a 4 day week ahead of us, one of which is a field trip for me with the 7 year olds in honor of their upcoming graduation. My babies are all grown up and going to elementary school! Ahhhh!

And I’m giving up on trying to put pictures up on this bad boy. If you would like to go see heart-breaking cuteness, you can check my pictures on picasa here. I’d love to talk about the rest of my weekend-it consisted of a fabulous dinner atop a rotating tower, and a lovely surprise from my dear man, as well as some good pictures, but that doesn’t seem like an option right now. Ah well. I hope everyone’s Valentine’s day was full of love in whatever form you take it.

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