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Chinese New Year

Year 8 - a description of the Spring Festival

Gunilla Tinius

on 28 November 2016

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Transcript of Chinese New Year

The "Spring Festival" (as it is known in China) is based on the cycles of the moon, and therefore lands on a different day each year. The celebration begins with the new moon on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar, and ends with a lantern festival on the full moon (the 15th day).
According to Chinese mythology, a monster called Nian (also the Chinese word for year) would come out around the same time each year and eat crops, livestock, and people, especially children, marking the end of another year. To protect themselves, the people would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of each year, so that the Nian wouldn't attack them. One day, the villagers saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. From that day on, when the new year was about to come, the people would use the colour red, bright lights, and noisy firecrackers, to scare away the monster. From then on, the Nian never came to the village again.
How did it start?
What is it?
Across the globe, Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important holiday for Chinese people.
It is a time to meet with family, so people brave the largest crowds of the year, in order to travel.
Firecrackers are lit to make loud noises, lanterns glow at night, and red, the color of happiness, is visible in symbolic decorations, like spring couplets.
Traditional foods, such as long noodles to symbolize long life, and round dumplings in the shape of the full moon to symbolize family and perfection, are a big part of the celebration.
Hong Bao, or 'red packet', takes place. Elders usually give red envelopes with money inside to children/unmarried adults without jobs.
Fun Facts
Pre- Chinese New Year is a time to thoroughly clean your house, to sweep away any traces of bad luck from the previous year.
The first words of the first person you meet when you go out on the first day of the new year, will set the trend of the year. That's why people try to say nice things, to bring other people luck and good fortune for the year to come.
Things that are white or black are not to be eaten or worn, because they signify death and misfortune. Cutting or washing hair is also not allowed, because it could cut out fortune and wash away good luck.
My Prediction:
Each year is represented by one of the twelve animal zodiac signs.
The celebration ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.
Chinese New Year
The fierce Nian
Red firecrackers
How many other mythical beasts can you name?
mythical (adj): existing only in an ancient story
In your books, draw and label your Chinese zodiac sign.
Chinese zodiac: characteristics
In your books, write down the characteristics of your chinese zodiac sign.
China travel stampede
Chinese New Year highlights
Lion dance competition
There goes my good luck!
Happy New Year everyone!
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