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Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

Faithful HomesteaderBeing a chicken mama, I thought it only fitting to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rooster. I was excited to find that there was a large celebration in Dallas. I have never attended such an event, so I was looking forward to a new adventure.

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The festival attracted a wide variety of people both young and old. There were plenty of events for the children and many food trucks — food is always important. They had a stage with a variety of presentations, from a lion dance to a fashion show to a Tai chi and Kung Fu demonstration. I thought these were interesting, but what excited me most were the interactive classes.

I attended a Tai chi session. I do Tai chi, but this was a different style, so all the movements were new to me. I also went to a Kung Fu class. There were mostly children in the class, but that did not dissuade me. The last interactive class was a class on Qigong (pronounced chee-gong). We mostly focused on breathing. All were interesting.

I couldn’t resist getting a face painting of a rooster. I liked it so much that I kept it on for an extra day, much to my husband’s chagrin. I was reminded that, according to the Chinese zodiac, I am married to a man born in the year of the rat. Maybe this explains his attitude...

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One of the best things of the day was the chance to meet some roosters rescued from cockfighting. They all seemed so sweet. I went back to the roosters more than once. As I petted them and looked into their eyes, I just felt as if I could feel their pain. I hate to think about what those poor roosters endured. I am glad that they were rescued from such a life.

I feel bad for roosters in general since they seem to be far less wanted than hens. If I was in a different situation, I do feel like would want a rooster. They fascinate me, and they can be so beautiful.

Overall, I enjoyed the festival. It was a different experience for me. The only thing that may have made it better was if I had been able to go with somebody.

I am excited that it is the Year of the Rooster!