Getting Festive

Bring it, Spring Festival!

This past week has been full of adventures and excitement – what do you expect? It’s the Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival!!! Blake and I were fortunate enough to be able to spend Spring Festival with the lovely YMCA/YWCA of Chengdu staff member, Ting, and her wonderful family. Our week consisted of visiting Buddhist temples, watching fireworks, eating family style meals ( I’m drooling on my keyboard just thinking about hotpot), and playing Mahjong at tea houses.

But because this is supposed to be a blog, not a novel, I’m just going to show you in pictures the adventures of Spring Festival. Enjoy!

Year of the Sheep

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2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to the Chinese zodiac. Blake and I had a great time exploring with Ting and her family while learning more about Spring Festival.

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 Exploring Temples

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Family and ancestry are a very important aspect of Spring Festival. Ting’s family burns yellow paper, paper money, and paper accessories in hopes that their ancestors will receive the burnt items.

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Outside the Temples…

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…And Inside the Temples

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Fireworks

Any great week, including Spring Festival, can only get better when you add fireworks!

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But That’s Not All…

Spring festival doesn’t just stop here! Check back for more pictures of my adventures during Spring Festival!


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About the author

Hannah Fox

My name is Hannah Fox, and I am a Cuba-Rushford graduate currently attending my first year of college at JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, NY. I am majoring in humanities with future hopes of going into international education and international relations. What do I do while not in school? I take interest in cross country running, painting, drawing, music, and reading. With this blog I am hoping to connect those interests with the unique student life of JCC.