My daughter took me to a chinese folk ballet

@marguicha (97391)
Chile
January 20, 2012 8:17pm CST
It is funny. Only one year ago, I didn´t know a thing about China´s New Year. And now it seems that everyone knows about the Year of the Dragon. My daughter found out that a ballet company had come from China and would perform near my house yesterday. So we went. She took my youngest grandson so I proceeded to stuff him with the kind of snacks I´m against of. The ballet was beautiful and the dresses gorgeous. There was also a drum solo and some music with instruments that are completly different from western instruments. Have you done something special or watched any special thing due to the chinese New Year? Have you ever watched a chinese ballet? Share
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@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
21 Jan 12
Oh that must have been a marvellous experience.. I did not really know a lot of Chinese new year earlier... But now, as I am with an airlines, we get a lot of calls about passengers going to China to celebrate... LOL.. It just increases work for us... Take care...
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@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
Maybe now that you work for an airline, you will have some free tickets once a year and you will be able to go to places.
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@myzhian (586)
• Philippines
21 Jan 12
I had witness Chinese ballet once and it is really beautiful, the way they dance their culture, their custom, their dresses and their tradition! Everything was so amazing and enjoyable!
@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
For me it was amazing as it´s so very different from our music, customes, dresses and the like. I was amazed at some musicians that played solos with instruments that were very different from ours.
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• Philippines
21 Jan 12
China has a lot to offer culture-wise. I wonder, have you ever tried eating Tikoy? It's a Chinese food that's extremely popular during Chinese New Year. I'm not that fond of it, but my sisters absolutely swear by it! I studied the Chinese language for 13 years, and its history for 6 years, so it's definitely a culture that I am very fond of.
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@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
I would not know where to find Tikoy where I live. I live in South America. A friend of mine has been invited to a chinese restaurant for the chinese New Year celebration. I´ll ask her to tell me what was served.
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@Archaiwy (599)
• China
21 Jan 12
Chinese like Dragon and the year of Dragon is more important to Chinese. In their custom they worship Dragon. However, the dragon here is very different from its inbeing meanings. The Chines Dragon is only a imagined animal which conveyed Chinese people's thoughts and hope. It is not a kind of demon and it is not monster.
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@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
How I wish I could learn more about such a great country, Archaiwy. But there´s little time and all I can do is check online or go to see shows when they come to my country in the other side of the world. I will read more abour the chinese dragon now that you pointed out this. Thanks.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
21 Jan 12
Hi marguicha, yes I watched Chinese Ballet and that was wonderful. China is rich in culture. Western and Oriental cultures are quite different. The two giant countries of Asia China and India are ancient civilized countries. Their cultural heritage is very rich. I think Indian music is unparalleled. Have you enjoyed Indian classical music? If you listen Indian music I hope you will agree with me.
@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
I have never heard Indian classical music. I have only seen a couple of Indian folk dances in a movie. It was a wonderful experience though and a beautiful show of costumes and jewelry. What I saw is also different from the western music, I suppose because the language has different sounds.
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@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
21 Jan 12
I have never attended a Chinese folk ballet! but here in Australia the Chinese New Year is celebrated with streets parades in China town and other suburbs as well I have to say it's always a very colorful affair!
@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
We don´t have a China Town where I live so we don´t recreate in the streets any such thing. I´m sure what you have is colorful and full of meaning as there are chinese immigrants there.
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
21 Jan 12
It's ironic that I haven't seen a Chinese ballet even if we celebrate the Chinese New Year in my country. As a matter of fact, our government has even made it officially a non-working holiday. I haven't even personally seen a dragon dance which I really would love to. The only different thing we do during the Chinese New Year is to eat rice cakes or Nian Gao (we call it tikoy).
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@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
21 Jan 12
Maybe it is the time to go see a dragon dance and tell us about it. Pictures are always welcomed also. And yod get more participation if you show us pictures.
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@Hatley (164638)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Jan 12
hi marguicha I saw that on Ytube and it was just gorgeous then happened to see it s pecial on televison. it was just gorgeous and the d rum solo wow. yes they have a lot of instruments I had never seen before. I love ballet anyway but the Chinese seem to do it in such a special way its breathtaking. this was the first time I had seen a Chinese ballet and it was marvelous to watch. I am glad your daughter took you and that you enjoyed it as much as I did.I also thought the dresses gorgeous.I am so glad I took time away from mylotting to see this special
@marguicha (97391)
• Chile
22 Jan 12
I´m glad you saw it on TV (next best if you cannot see the real thing). I also almost said no to my daughter as I was tired, but then she told me she was taking my youngest grandson and thought it could be a moment of bonding. It was wonderful that I said "yes". I had the occation of talking with Diego and also saw this awesome ballet
@caomin (9)
• Chengdu, China
23 Jan 12
Fireworks is very beautiful in the China's New Year.