Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is officially the beginning of Chinese New Year and 2013 is The Year of the Snake!

Learn all about The Year of the Snake and work on some crafts and activities to celebrate!

Read books about the holiday including:

Celebrate Chinese New Year: With Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns by Carolyn Otto

Learn how Chinese people everywhere ring in the new and ring out the old.  For two joyous weeks red is all around. The color represents luck and happiness. Children receive money wrapped in red paper, and friends and loved ones exchange poems written on red paper. The Chinese New Year is also an opportunity to remember ancestors, and to wish peace and happiness to friends and family. The holiday ends with the Festival of Lanterns, as many large communities stage the famous Dragon Dance. Fireworks, parades, lanterns, presents, and feasts: these are some of the joys experienced by all who observe Chinese New Year.

Happy New Year!: Kung-hsi fa-ts'ai! by Demi

Examines the customs, traditions, foods, and lore associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year.

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