Time To Meet And Greet 02/08/2014 (Page One)
You are invited
Did You Know? Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014.
Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
"Welcome and Happy New Year!"
The members begin to arrive and start the "Meet and Greet"
Each table has candles and a lantern... In case the lights go out!
Quotation To Remember: Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
Jose.... Always the fashion plate
Table "R".... "R"?
The ladies have the red hats... The guys the red ties... Red Tie Society?
Oops... Forgot the drinks are red also!
Getting organized for the evening
Wyatt begins to play and everyone is up!
Guess who had the vegetarian selection for dinner?
The Nightlighters have the moves
We dip and twirl and glide across the dance floor
Did You Know: A lantern is a portable lighting device or mounted light fixture used to illuminate broad areas. Lanterns may also be used for signaling, as torches, or as general light sources outdoors. Low light level varieties are used for decoration. The term "lantern" is also used more generically to mean a light source, or the enclosure for a light source. Examples are glass pane enclosed street lights, or the housing for the top lamp and lens section of a lighthouse.
Reminds us of the song "Don't Let Go" from 1979
Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008)
The band has the best seats in the house
The dip is in progress
With Wyatt playing the dance floor is always full
That is a mean sax lighting up the room
Working up an appetite for dinner
"Come on Freda... I found some room on the floor!"
"Paul... You are NOT going to take a picture are you??"
Nope... Gonna take two! Learning how to tie his shoes without help!
We had a little dance lesson underway at the back table
Did You Know? - In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other's homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year's Eve. In the United States, however, many early Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of community through neighborhood associations instead. Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events.
The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.
In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. In the United States, where the New Year is celebrated with a shortened schedule, the dragon dance always takes place on a weekend. In addition, many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements such as marching bands and floats.