Thanksgiving Day (early)

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The Chinese church’s thanksgiving celebration took place a few Saturdays ago.

This was quite the unique cultural experience.

My husband was recruited by the medical doctor’s group to participate in a song-and-dance, which they practiced every Sunday afternoon for a couple of months ahead of time.

Then a week or two before the event, the English service music team was asked to participate as well, so we scrambled to come up with 3 songs (I sometimes play the guitar with them).

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Then the Sunday before, they asked my husband to recruit me for the doctor’s performance as well.

I didn’t have to dance, just sing, they said.

Just make sure I brought my white coat.

The time, and order of which group goes when, we found out the night before.

The English group was #11, and the doctor’s group was #21 of 50 groups!

Holy cow! This was literally an all day affair lasting from 8:30 am until about 6 pm.

So we showed up mid-morning and practiced our stuff.

All kinds of groups were in the halls, back entrance, and side doors practicing their routines, singing, and getting dressed up for their part.

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As we stood queued up in the offstage area, I got to see other groups.

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The one right before was a bunch of elderly women dressed up in orange and green dancing and singing very traditional style a capella.

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Other groups had fancy outfits and waved flags and banners as they were dancing across the stage.

Afterwards about 5 women stuffed bags of 2-3 supersize Baozi (large stuffed dumplings) into my hands, to make sure I wouldn’t keel over of starvation.

And then the doctors said no, don’t eat them, we’re going out for real food in a minute.

Which we did.

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And they promptly asked us if we would participate in the Christmas program.

I’m fully expecting to be notified about rehearsals about mid-December.

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2 responses »

  1. Great pictures and commentary! Thank you so much for sharing. Does my heart good to see all this and your parts in it. Awesome! Love and hugs!

  2. Smiling with a chuckle or 2 so appreciate the uniqueness of your opportunities. So happy you and Brian are flexible! What joy to express Thanksgiving to FATHER.

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