Monday, January 26, 2009

XIN NIAN KUAI LE~Happy Chinese New Year!

Lucy dressed up for school today.  She took fortune cookies to all her friends, and her book about Chinese New Year.  We will celebrate with our Chinese group and family this coming Saturday with dinner and the Dragon Dance!
My creation
~I made a "Gung hay fat choy" banner and hung it up, and I kept saying it to Lucy, and she just kept looking at me like she had NO idea what I was saying....SO I finally figured out that "Gung hay fat choy" is Cantonese, and Lucy knows Mandarin.  Once I figured out how to pronounce "Xin Nian Kuai Le" she smiled and grabbed her cup of tea for "Gambe" (cheers)! ...yes, Lucy LOVES green tea and drinks it almost everyday!

~Xin Nian Kuai Le to our little China girl~


  1. Happy CNY!!

    Lucy is the cutest little thing....hope you enjoy your holiday!!

    Love the train pictures below....Sarah enjoys playing with trains when we go to my sisters house...she has two boys under the age of two....they have trains galore!!

    Take Care,


  2. Xin Nian Kuai Le to you all! Thanks for the props on the cake, we love your family!

  3. Lucy looks so cute in her little outfit! I love that she is sharing all that with her class. Have fun with your group celebrating next weekend. We are doing it next weekend as well.


  4. The fortune cookies and the Chinese New Years book is such a great idea for Lucy's class.

    Happy Chinese New Year! Enjoy the celebrations.

  5. Awww Lucy looks so cute. I love how you did her hair too:) I too learned that I made my banner in the Cantonese way of saying it. I guess it is more popularized even though our girls heard/know Mandarin. I love that Lucy shared with her class. Kate will be wearing her fancy Chinese clothes to pre-school tomorrow.

    Happy CNY!

  6. We've got both -- native Cantonese and Mandarin girls here and I have to say that "Gung Hay Fat Choy" is easier for me to say, so that's what I'm wishing you!

    Sorry I'm so lazy!

  7. Cute collage! I love the fortune cookie idea!

  8. Happy New Year! What beautiful pictures of Lucy. I love the fortune cookie idea. I look forward to seeing more of your celebration!


  9. Lucy looks stunning in that outfit and color - love the silk outfit. Happy CNY! Blessings, Wendy

  10. So cute!! Happy Chinese New Year, Lucy!

  11. Happy New Year Lucy!
    You are such a blessing to this family. We love you so much. Our lives have changed so much for the better with you in it.

    I love you my baby girl.

    Grammy and PaPa

  12. From one Lucy to another....Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year Friend!
    Many happy blessings!!

  13. She looks so adorable.....thank you so much for the list of phrases....I will be printing it out tonight..... ;)

  14. She is simply beautiful and so are you! What a wonderful girl and I'm sure she is such a delight at home and at preschool. That's sweet that she drinks green tea!

    Happy CNY to you and your family.

  15. Happy New Year cutie pie~ she looks gorgeous in her outfit :) Any tips on how to make the banner?? I would love to do that for next year...

  16. This made me laugh, because I said the same thing to my husband (who speaks mandarin)--- and he told me that it means nothing in Mandarin. Now I know he was right! Xin Nian Kuai Le to your family too. Those pictures are just so cute.

  17. Cute, cute, cute!!!

  18. What a cutie! I'm sure her classmates enjoyed the book & fortune cookies.

  19. Oh my she looks adorable!!!!!:)
    Happy CNY to your beautiful family!

  20. Well you taught me something today...I too made a Gung Hay Fat Choy banner...I had no clue it was not Mandarin....I guess next year I'll be making a new banner.

    Can you tell me where you got the Lucky New Year book that she took to school? Lucy,looks adorable in her Chinese outfit...very cute hair!


  21. That is so sweet that she still knows some of her native language... I hope she doesn't lose that... so cute she took fortune cookies...

  22. Yep--"Gung Hay Fat Choy" is the Cantonese translation, and "Xin Nian Kuai Le" is the Mandarin. However, the Cantonese version is more popularized because Chinese immigrants in the United States are mostly from southern China, where Cantonese is widely spoken.

    By the way, I love your blog! ^.^ This is coming from a random passerby who loves seeing the bond your family members have with each other.

    Have a nice day!

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