What’s this?! An actual blog post? I know, I know, it’s been awhile. Very sorry for the long absence but I promise I will be updating this week with stories of my latest adventures. Pinky swear.

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September 11th was the date for this year’s Festival of the Moon(La Festival de la Luna), one of the oldest and most important holidays in Chinese culture.  For the first time, Buenos Aires’ Chinatown hosted an outdoor festival to honor the holiday. Conveniently, Barrio Chino is a mere three blocks from my house so I decided to check it out with a few girlfriends of mine.

According to the flier I received, the holiday occurs every year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month when, according to legend, the moon is the most full and bright of the whole year.

Paper lanterns hang above the street during the Festival de la Luna in Buenos Aires' Chinatown.

And, according to legend, Chang Er flew to the moon where she now lives and you may see her dancing up there during the Moon Festival. The festival is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture.  Families often reunite to watch the full moon and celebrate together.

Martial Arts show during the Moon Festival. They were pretty impressive.

Buenos Aires’ Chinatown is quite small, as I mentioned in a previous post, but there was a crowd of people stuffed into  four blocks. Some friends and I browsed the market stands, listened to a singer, watched a Martial Arts show and enjoyed some “Asian Cuisine” at a restaurant. Hey, it can’t be entirely authentic, we are in Argentina after all.

Members of the Chinatown Association carried the dragon through the streets.

We enjoyed watching the dragon meander through the streets.

Altogether it was a nice, relaxing day and a good way to enjoy some of the early spring weather we were having. It was also pretty exciting to experience some Chinese culture while living in South America.

My first experience with Melon Popcicles. So yummy!

The Saturday before the holiday, I went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio.  I posted about the event a few days ago and below are some more photos from the event.  It was a rainy, cold Ohio day as is evident in the photos but everyone there had a blast.  To view the gallery and photo captions, click on one of the photos below.  Then, you can click through the photos.  Enjoy!

Let me know your thoughts on the photos, your St. Patrick’s Day memories and parade stories in the comments below.

Fifer Tom Kuhn plays during the 2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin Ohio, his son Alex Kuhn, a snare drummer, is pictured over his shoulder. They are members of Camp Chase Fifes and Drums.

Last week I went home to Ohio for a few days over my Spring Break.  On Saturday, my mom and I drove to Dublin, Ohio (outside of Columbus) for their annual St. Patrick’s Parade.  Unfortunately, it was a typical Ohio day in March – gray, rainy, and cold.  Because of the weather, I doubt the expected 20,000 spectators showed up.  There was quite a crowd though, and an enthusiastic one at that.  I had a blast watching the kids fill their bags with candy that the parade participants passed out.

Don "Toots" Tootle, the Director Clown of Aladdin Shrine Clowns in Columbus, Ohio, performs during the 2010 St. Patricks Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio.

One of my favorite parts of the parade was the Camp Chase Fifes & Drums, a recreated Civil War Union Army regimental fife and drum corps (top photo).  It was quite a surprise to see Civil War soldiers strolling down the street at the end of the parade.  The music they played was really fun as well.

Another part of the parade that I enjoyed were the clowns from the Aladdin Shrine Clowns in Columbus, Ohio.  These clowns had the perfect amount of silliness and fun – you couldn’t help but smile when they passed by.

Despite the weather, I had a blast photographing the parade last Saturday.  I’ll post a few more photos from the event in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Members of the Capital City Pipe Band in Columbus, Ohio march in the 2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio.