Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

This was Alyzabeth's Valentine "card" to her classmates: a printed paper wrapper around a microwave pop corn bag (bags that are individually wrapped).
She loves eating popcorn at the River House; a favorite snack, so thought it was appropriate. Wonder if the kids will get any candy? Too many cute non-candy ideas on Pinterest! Have a sweet day!

And today is the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations with the Lantern Festival. Are you making paper lanterns and joining a parade tonight? "It is said that the holiday evolved from an ancient Chinese belief that celestial spirits could be seen flying about in the light of the first full moon of the lunar calendar. To aid them in their search for the spirits they used torches. These torches gave way to lanterns of every shape, size and colour. The Lantern Festival is also popularly referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day because in days of old it gave girls and boys a rare chance to go out in the evening and mingle. Today, lantern festivals are held each year in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations."

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