How I Spent Chinese New Year, 2010

How did I spend this Chinese New Year? As a host — along with my Chinese husband, John — for our university’s “Chinese Night” on Feb 13, 2010, here in the mountain West of the US. It’s not CCTV’s Spring Festival Party (perhaps, thankfully so!), but it’ll do. 😉

My Chinese husband, John, and I dressed in auspicious red silk to host our university's Chinese New Year celebration.
My Chinese husband, John, and I dressed in auspicious red silk to host our university’s Chinese New Year celebration.

We had more than 12 programs to entertain the audience that evening. Here are a few of my own favorites.

The lion dance for Chinese New Year at our university.
The lion dance opened our Chinese New Year’s Eve with a roar!
A taiji sword demonstration
A taiji sword demonstration was part of a martial arts show.
Chinese Yo-yo
Three young students played Chinese yo-yo for the audience.
Chinese new year fashion show
A sea of qipaos graced the stage during the Chinese New Year fashion show.
My Chinese husband and I, with two Chinese students
Most of all, John and I enjoyed working with the Chinese students.

Happy year of the tiger! 虎年吉祥!

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10 thoughts on “How I Spent Chinese New Year, 2010

  • February 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Is that your wedding qipao? I’m not sure I’ll ever have a chance to wear mine again!

  • February 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I’m glad I was never asked to host an event like that. My Chinese isn’t good enough and I don’t like being in front of an audience. Looks like the university put on a nice show.

    • February 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      @Jessica — yes, that is my wedding qipao (well, one of them — in the tradition of having 3 dresses, I got two qipao made, but that’s another story…). It was nice to have an opportunity to pull it out of the closet, dust it off and play “dress up” for once. I hope you’ll have the chance to do it yourself — no formal banquets at your school, I take it?

      @Chinamatt — thanks for the comment. Actually, I should edit the entry, because we were hosts…in the US. My husband goes to school in [State], so the program was in English. No Chinese issue here.

      I definitely get stage fright, but we agreed to do it because the community really needed us (the theme was East-West family). I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I expected, though admittedly I needed a few days to recover because of exhaustion!!

  • February 18, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Good stuff Jocelyn! Gongxi fa cai!

    @Jessica I bet you could wear your qipao on any occasion you would wear a gorgeous dress.

    • February 20, 2010 at 12:46 am

      @Thandelike, thanks for the comment. Gongxi facai right back at you! 😉 And good call…indeed, qipaos are great for any occasion that calls for a little formality. Or, sometimes, just putting one on will make any ordinary night something extraordinary.

      @Melissa, thanks for posting, and glad you enjoyed the photos.

  • February 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Everything looks beautiful Jocelyn. That’s really cool.

  • February 21, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I don’t know how I ended up missing this post about your CNY celebration until now. I like the look of your QiPao.

    • February 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Priscilla, and no worries — a lot of us have been busy this past week celebrating Chinese New Year. Anyhow, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the pictures.

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  • December 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Planning to visit china at this New year eve.Tnx for the post.


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