LUNAR NEW YEAR

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The Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most widely celebrated holiday on earth. Two billion people (20% of the global population) celebrate this 23 day holiday. Join in the festivities with fun and easy projects and activities. ​

 

"Gung hay fat choy" (恭喜发财), the most popular Chinese New Year greeting in southern China, is a blessing for wealth and prosperity. 

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How to celebrate the Lunar New Year

  1. Light colorful lanterns.

  2. Spend time with families celebrating love and affection, enjoy meals together, and remember ancestors.

  3. Solve a lantern riddle. These riddles often contain messages of good fortune, family reunion, abundance harvests, and love.

  4. Clean and decorate your home.

  5. Eat Tang Yuan, round balls. They symbolize the full moon and the desire for happiness and family reunions.

  6. Share the traditional red gift envelopes.

  7. Watch fireworks (safely!).

  8. Perform a lion-dance or dragon-dance.

  9. Learn to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese.

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Fun facts

  • Each year is assigned one of 12 animals. This is the Year of the Ox. What was the animal sign on your birth year?

  • Oranges symbolize good luck.

  • Red brings good luck.

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