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Chinese New Year

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Janelle Weaver

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Chinese New Year
What is Chinese New Year?
-The first day of the month in the traditional Chinese Calendar
-Friday, January 31, 2014
-Year of the snake
History
Exact beginnings unknown, though it dates back before 2300 BC
Used to be a fight against a mythical beast called the "year."
The beast looks like an ox with a lion head, and it resides in the sea
People used the color red, bright fire, and loud sounds to scare it away and protect their families
Also a time to honor household, heavenly dieties, and ancestors and to bring family together again
Tradition
New Years Eve Dinner: family reunion dinner
Fireworks: used to drive away evil
Shou Sui: stayin up all night with family
Yuan Xiao Jie: Festival of Lanterns
Hong Bao: Red Packets
New Year Markets: temporary markets
Small Year: farewell ceremony for food god
Cleaning: get rid of the old, welcome the new
Decoration: red lanterns, year painting, paper cuttings
Dragon: represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune
Food
Dumplings (N. China)
New Year Cake (E. China)
Tang Yuan: small dough balls eaten during Yuan Ziao
LaBa Congee: mixture of rice, nuts and beans cooked together
Significance
• Chinese New Year is the most important social and economic holiday in China
• Rooted in thousands of years of tradition
• Celebrated in Korea, Bhutan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. and also in San Francisco

By: Janelle Weaver
Applying it to Social Work
Works Cited
http://www.history.com/topics/chinese-new-year-traditions-and-symbols/videos#bet-you-didnt-know-chinese-new-year
Bet You Didn't Know: Chinese New Year. History Channel. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <http://www.history.com/topics/chinese-new-year-traditions-and-symbols/videos#bet-you-didnt-know-chinese-new-year>.
"Chinese New Year." Chinese New Year. N.p., 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <http://www.chinesenewyears.info/chinese-new-year-food.php>.
"Chinese New Year." History Channel. A&E Television Networks, 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <http://www.history.com/topics/chinese-new-year>.
"Chinese New Year Traditions and Symbols." History Channel. A&E Television Networks, 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2013. <http://www.history.com/topics/chinese-new-year-traditions-and-symbols>.
Hartman, Holly. "Chinese New Year: 2014." Infoplease. Pearson Education, n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2013. <http://www.infoplease.com/spot/chinesenewyear1.html>.

What moral lessons from Chinese New Year can serve as strengths-based building blocks for your client?
forgiveness and reconciliation
time with friends and family (relationships)
Why should social workers recognize the significance of this cultural event?
heritage and history
respect for the client
resources
How can social workers use this event to heighten client self-esteem?
valued by family and friends
make amends
becoming bicultural
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