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Amanda Silverman

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Good Fortune:
An Asian New Year

This school has embraced the studying of Chinese New Year. Lanterns and dragons filled the 2nd grade hallway.
The Lunar New Year is the largest celebration held in China every year and the country begins preparing for it months in advance.

Traditions include:
Cleaning the house
Decorating with red and gold to bring good luck and prosperity to the household
Eating lucky (red) foods
Parades with lion dancers and dragon puppets
Fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks!
Giving of lucky money to children
A Chinese dragon puppet drawn by a 2nd grader in Asheville, NC
This video is from the 2012 San Francisco Chinese New Year parade. SF hosts the 2nd largest Chinese New Year celebration in the world. This video is appropriate for all grades.
This video gives a look at the importance of maintaining new year traditions for the people of Korea.
Chinese New Year
Families spending time together, playing games, like this game of yutnori, flying kites and telling stories are popular ways to celebrate the new year in Korea.
New Year in Laos
New Year in Laos is a much anticipated holiday. Falling in mid April when the rainy season is ending, Laotians spend the holiday reconnecting with family and friends.

Traditions include:
Cleaning the house and the temples
A baci ceremony where good wishes are made for family members and string is tied around the wrist to symbolize the wish
Offering good wishes and blessings with water
Parades, dances, live music in the evenings
Special dinners that include laarb, a chicken dish and also papaya or jackfruit salad
Building sand stupas down by the river or in the temples
A sand stupa being built on a riverbank in Laos as a part of the New Year celebration. Many people in Laos believe that every grain of sand used represents a deed from the previous year that will be washed away with the rising river in the upcoming rainy season.
Vietnamese New Year
Decorating for Tet in a small town in Vietnam
Korean New Year
Korean chopsticks are traditionally decorative, heavier than bamboo and flat.
Korean New Year is a very quiet holiday. It lasts for one day and it is a time that families spend together.

Traditions include:
Dressing in traditional Korean clothing called 'hanbok'
Honoring the oldest living family members in a ceremony called 'sebae'
Children receiving a New Years gift of money
Eating tteoguk to get older
Sharing a large family meal
Recreation time together, favorite activity of kite flying

Learning about the chun lian, or door scroll.
Chinese lions are masks and costumes that two people wear. One person wears the head and one person wears the tail.
New Year in Vietnam, also known as Tet is a 3 day holiday with a focus on honoring family and bringing prosperity and luck to the household for the upcoming year.

Traditions include:
Cleaning the house (no sweeping during the holiday-you don't want to sweep your good luck out the door!)
Decorating the house with red and gold but also peachtree and apple blossoms
Building a place of remembrance or honor to family who has passed away
Parades and fireworks
Family dinners
Sending joss paper gifts for deceased ancestors back to heaven via the smoke
Young children learning the art of sebae, or bowing to show respect.
A group of students in Asheville learning sebae.
Spending time at the temples, washing the statues of Buddha, earning merit by paying homages to the monks who care for the temples-these are all traditions associated with the Laotian New Year.
These Laotian women are dancing as a part of the New Year celebration. The national dance of Laos is cosidered to be such an important part of their culture that schools used to give a dance test to students as part of their requirments for graduation!
The use of water as a way of offering blessings or good wishes for people has changed over the years. It used to be that water used to clean the statues of Buddha (which was considered blessed after touching the statues) would be sprinkled on the heads of family members as a way of blessing. Now, water is sprinkled, tossed in a water balloon, shot out of a supersoaker watergun and poured from buckets and no one gets mad! Everyone understand that it is done in good fun to 'soak' you with good wishes for the new year.
This video gives a fun look at the New Year parades and the popular water blessings that take place in Laos.
During this video, you can images from Vietnam as people prepare for Tet, or New Year in Vietnam.
We want teachers and students to use our stories, music, and artifacts to explore the human experience of peoples across the globe. In our rapidly changing demographic society, we at the Center want to assist in broadening the scope of knowledge and respect students have for their peers, their communities and themselves. So we asked,

How does our story connect to the stories of other people both near and far away?
What can we learn about ourselves by being open to learning about others?

It is our hope that teachers feel inspired to use our materials to continue to ask these questions, formulate questions of their own and guide their students to seek greater knowledge, tolerance and peace within their communities.

​The Good Fortune road show focuses on comparing and contrasting new year traditions in China, Vietnam Korea and Laos. For each holiday, the prezi format offers a brief holiday description with a musical selection, several photos, one traditional holiday description, and a video relating to the holiday itself or an interesting tradition.
Learning about Vietnamese New Year, or Tet and trying on a Vietnamese lion mask
Hearing stories about ancestors and their importance in Tet celebrations.
Preparing the Tet flags which traditionally are flown in front of people's homes during Tet.
UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education
206 Highsmith Student Union,
CPO 1200
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Phases of the Moon
How do you tell if the moon is waxing (getting "bigger") or waning (getting "smaller")? Try this as a classroom activity:

The teacher stands with their back to the class and says:

Hold up you right hand and make a backwards "C". The moon "grows" from a crescent shape to the full shape in two weeks to make a full moon. (make the shapes of the moon with your hand - 1/4 moon, 1/2 moon, full moon...

Then it begins to "diminish" from the other side.

Now, hold up your left hand and make a "C". In two weeks there is just the faint sliver of the waxing moon.

Again to full, 1/2, 1/4, and crescent waning moon.

Does the moon really get bigger and smaller? No, it is just that the earth is making a shadow on what is visible of the moon from the sun.

You can also tell time by the moon, too. The waxing crescent new moon is viewable in the night sky in early evening whereas the waning crescent moon comes up more like 3:00am.

Another way:

All four of the holidays in the Good Fortune presentation take place in countries where some type of Lunar calendar is used. Most schools have studying the phases of the moon as part of the curriculum for several elementary grades. This wonderful wall hanging was created by a 4th grade class at Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, NC.
The UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education has traditionally served the red lucky food lychee as the food sample for Chinese New Year.
You can purchase lychee canned in syrup at several local Asian food stores. Foreign Affairs Oriental Market on Tunnel Road and YZ Asian Market on New Leicester Highway. Sometimes, this market will have fresh lychee as well.
The Center serves candied coconut, or mut dua, for the food sample from Vietnam's New Year celebration, Tet.
You can purchase candied coconut at several local Asian food stores. Foreign Affairs on Tunnel Road, YZ Market on New Leicester Highway, Kim's Market just off of Patton Ave, and Lee's Asian Market in south Asheville.
For Korean New Year, many families practice the tradition of eating tteoguk, or ricecake soup, as the way of getting older.
We serve Kokuho Rose sticky rice (with soy sauce) which can be purchased at Foreign Affairs market on Tunnel Road.
Tropical fruits such as papaya, mango and jackfruit are very popular in Laotian cuisine.
For quite some time, jackfruit was not easy to find locally. YZ Asian Market on New Leicester Highway has been keeping it in stock during January and February. You can find online instructions on the most efficient way to carve this unique fruit.
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