Sunday, February 18, 2007

Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig


Happy New Year!

I took Mary, Louisa, Jan├ęt, and Taylor to the Year of the Pig Celebration at the Atlanta Chinese Community Center on Feb 17, 2007. We met our friend Sandy and one of her two daughters, Alana, there.

Julia was under the weather, so she stayed home with Mom.


The beginning of the celebration.
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Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig






The fortune god.

Besides the usual throwing of candy, at one point he threw several handfuls of dimes into the crowd. Oh boy! Protect those camera lenses from flying metal!

Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig



The Chinese Language School teachers always sing a couple of songs.
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Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig


Two boys demonstrating the Chinese Yo Yo.
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Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig


Waiting to perform. Mary is the one in the middle of the group of 3.
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Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig

Mary dancing in the Flower and Drum Dance. In the first part of the video, she is the second dancer from the right.



Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig




Other dancers in Lisa Chyn's group.

(That's the Mayor of Chamblee, GA's head right in the middle)

Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig


The dragon awaiting his turn outside. We ended up not watching the dragon dance.
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Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig


Could it be? Is Mary getting over her fear of costumed characters?



Mary and Alana wait for the Lion Dance









The local dignataries give red envelopes to the Lions.

Atlanta Chinese Community Center - Year of the Pig


The crowd just before we left. Click on this picture to enlarge it so you can see how crowded it gets!

We spent a few minutes in the nearby Chinese Grocery Store and headed home.
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