One of the things I love so much about Dallas is how diverse it is. You can experience various cultures within the same city (or a short drive)! Last year Roger and I were invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year with some friends and it was fantastic. So it was no question whether we would go again this year! If you follow me on Instagram then you were able to catch a glimpse of it on my Instagram story. Let me just say that we spent the majority of the day eating and I have absolutely no shame in that! Ok maybe a little bit, but it was so worth it.
The festival began with the traditional dragon dance and it was incredible. It was my first time seeing one and I was completely taken by the art of it.
After we absolutely had to have dim-sum at The Pearl. I highly recommend it if you’re in the Arlington area. I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it. It can look a bit intimidating but it’s delicious! I am so thankful we had our friends to fill us in on what to order.
We saved some room for dessert (also known as more food) because we wanted to try some of the street food. We had some fried bananas, sticky rice and some incredible sugarcane iced juice.
Lastly we took a stroll through all stands that were filled with beautiful Chinese creations. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to take home one of the paper dragons. Can you imagine how long it must have took to make them?!
We had an amazing time with our friends. I’m glad I was able to experience a culture different than my own and have our friends share with us the meaning behind the celebration. This is the year of the rooster and guess what animal I am on the Chinese zodiac? A rooster. I’m hoping this means I’ll have a spectacular year. I’m not sure how much I buy into the idea but hey I’m not arguing with having a great new year!
How did you celebrate the Lunar Year?