My First Chinese New Year by Karen KatzBrief Review
This fictional story is told by a young girl experiencing her first Chinese New Year. She describes the different traditions and celebrations associated with this event. The illustrations are bright and colorful. I think this is a good choice for introducing youngsters to a different culture.
I could use this as a read-aloud book in a literacy class. The fun, colorful, book would make a great introduction to another cultures holiday. In an art class we could go crazy with this book. After reading it, we could make lanterns, or dragons, or some sort of project that uses the bright colors and designs associated with traditional Chinese culture.
Are there any traditions described in the book that are similar to American traditions? Many of us get new clothes around the new year, many families get together and share big meals around the holidays, we also celebrate the holidays with parades.
What are some traditions described in the book that are specific to the Chinese New Year? Sweeping away bad luck, cutting quince and plum blossoms, eating tangerines and oranges for prosperity and good luck.
I wonder how many Chinese americans celebrate the Chinese new year.
I wonder if young children get frightened by the parade dragon.
Cut your hair, kill your uncle – and other fascinating Lunar New Year superstitions
Facebook Twitter Email. It's the biggest holiday of the year for many Chinese -- and for some the only time they get enough leave from their jobs to travel home and see their loved ones. But along with the reunions come a lot of traditions and superstitions aimed at making sure the year ahead is lucky and prosperous. Many people already know that red is associated with luck and prosperity, hence all the fiery hues you see on Lunar New Year decorations and clothing. Here are a few other key dos and don'ts that many Chinese follow before and after the Lunar New Year. The more fireworks or firecrackers you set off the better.
Good luck Chinese New Year Superstitions: Switching on the lights for the night is considered good luck to 'scare away' ghosts and spirits of misfortune that may compromise the luck and fortune of the Chinese new year. Sweets are eaten to ensure the consumer a "sweet" year. It is important to have the house completely clean from top to bottom before New Year's Day for good luck in the coming year. Asians will often gamble at the beginning of the year, hoping to get luck and prosperity. The night before the new year, bathe yourself in pomelo leaves and some say that you will be healthy for the rest of the Chine new year. Wearing a new pair of slippers that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you. The word "shoes" is a homophone for the word for "rough" in Cantonese, or "evil" in Mandarin.
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But if you were thinking that this will be a great excuse to watch a parade or eat dumplings for dinner, think again. Read on! According to legends, Chinese New Year began with a mythical beast called the Nian who liked to eat villagers, especially children. One year, the villagers decided to hide from the Nian. The plan was considered utter madness until the other villagers saw that it worked.
Here are some facts, traditions, and Chinese New Year superstitions. The date of the Chinese New Year may occur anywhere from January 21 to February 21, as it falls on the second New Moon after the winter solstice. In , it begins February 5th and runs through the 19th. This it the Year of the Pig. Each Chinese New Year is given one of twelve animal names, which repeat every twelve years rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. See the list of animals in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese New Year is a fifteen-day celebration marked by visits to relatives, the wearing of new clothes, and the giving of gifts.