So Many Festivals in One Day!

Every nineteen years, we can celebrate three events on February 14th – Valentine’s Day, Lantern Festival (the last day of Chinese New Year), and Oregon’s birthday.

valentines day and lantern festival

Valentines Day

We gathered with a group of homeschooling families to celebrate Valentines Day .. more than 50 homeschooled children exchanged Valentines Day cards!  What a treat!

Lantern Festival

On this day, the celebration food is glutinous rice sweet dumpling, also known as yuán xiāo [元宵]. We were delighted to enjoy this traditional treat this week with our Mandarin teacher – accompanied by a warm glass of milk tea prior to our lesson.

Oregon’s Birthday

Privately, we honored our beloved home state with a little poetry … Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859.

Rockaway Oregon

by  Leanne Grabel

Seaguls gather like an audience.

They’ve seen the show a thousand times

and they show it.

Meek mountains lumber

in the background

hoping for a moment

to hide behind a mist

and sleep.

Seaweed teases a billion fleas.

Submitted to the All About Love Collage Friday edition at Homegrown Learners.

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥