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Adoption ARC, a US Hague Accredited agency will be coming to Ireland to give a free "Meet and Greet" regarding US Adoptions to Ireland. We plan to host the Meet and Greet at the Marriott Property at Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, A98 DR12, Ireland. The class will be planned from 11am-1PM on Saturday, July 16, 2016. You must register at: TaraLaw@aol.com to attend this event.We hope to see you there!
Our partner is Ireland is Helping Hands in Cork and all approved adoptive families must contact and register with Helping Hands if they choose to adopt through Adoption ARC in the US. However, feel free to join us if you are beginning to think about adoption from the US or are in the midst of your approval process.
We will be holding a Reunion for our Irish Families on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 from 3-5PM at the Powercourt Estate in Wicklow following the Meet and Greet. We will be hosting a Tea and look forward to seeing all of our wonderful Irish Families and their wonderful children.
HONORING OUR HERITAGES
Once you adopt a child of another race or culture, you become a multicultural family. Adoption ARC also shares in being part of your multicultural family and we are proud to honor so many great cultures, heritages and people.
February is Black History Month in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Historian Carter G. Woodson is responsible for bringing the idea of honoring African Americans to the national forefront. One of our most revered leaders is Dr. Martin Luther King who not only is an icon in all American history, but has his own rightly deserved day of honor on the third Monday in January in the United States. Adoption ARC is asking children to submit a paragraph, poem or a few lines on a great African American and why they chose to honor him or her. The writings will be displayed with your child's photograph in the next Adoption ARC newsletter.
The Lunar New Year or the Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4714 begins on Feb. 8, 2016.
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.
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality traits. Those born in monkey years are often fun, energetic, curious, and mischievous
At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.
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 young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets hold aloft the dragon. 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.
Other Asian cultures also follow the East Asian Lunar Calendar and celebrate the Lunar New Year at the same time. The Koreans celebrate Seollal. The Viet Namese people celebrate Tet. The Mongolians revel in Tsaangan Saar while the Tibetians party with Losar. Prior to 1873, the Japanese also celebrated the Lunar New Year at this time but after the date began using the Gregorian calendar.
Many of the traditions of getting together with family and special foods are uniform throughout all of these cultures. In China, Viet Nam, Korea and Japan, it is common to give monetary gifts to children. In China and Viet Nam, and Cambodia these gifts are given in a red envelope for good luck. The Japanese use a white envelope.
All these beautiful customs celebrate renewal and love and the chance for new beginnings, Happy New Year!
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