Friday, 1 March 2013

Celebrating the Chinese New Year @ Redwood City


Last weekend we went to the Lunar New year event, held in the Courthouse Square at Redwood City. It was a sunny morning, that complimented the beautiful Courthouse Square venue. A full days schedule was planned,  from 11 to 4, but we stayed only till 1 thanks to our 3 yo's nap schedule.

The show started with the traditional lion dance, with 3 lions - one red, one silver and one gold - a very regal and energetic dance. The San Mateo County museum had a free entrance as well that day, so we ventured in and saw first hand some Chinese crafts, were told our future per the Chinese zodiac, tried chopsticks and coloring a snake, 'cos its the year of the snake :). Very Kid friendly :)

We decided to see some of the exhibits too while we were there, and the Land of Opportunity was really nice.  An exhibit that celebrated the immigration stories and the diversity it as brought to the region, made all the more relevant by the vibrant lunar new year festivities going on outside. A moment of true appreciation for where we have come from and where we are going.

Back outside we sat in the sunny courtyard and had a sandwich lunch while watching acrobats from the Shaolin Culture Center. It never fails to amaze me how they manage to add in comedy to an acrobatic routine that's already so strenuous  It was fun, but the jaw clenching one was when a blind folded acrobat jumped through a hoop of fire... wheew!

Then we took a stroll through the makeshift booths all around the square and came away with a dragon garden ornament.  A fun and inexpensive weekend, as also an occasion to enjoy the richness that cultural diversity brings.


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