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Chinese New Year- The Year of the Dragon
Division 9 has been learning all about Chinese customs and culture. Specifically, we have focused on Chinese New Year and the similarities and differences between Canadian culture and Chinese culture. After researching Chinese New Year, the class researched and then brainstormed a list of information that was important to them. Here's the list!
-Chinese New Year is also named the Lunar New Year
-In ancient China, bamboo stems were filled with gun powder and burnt to create an explosion, similar to a firecracker.
-It is believed that loud noises drive away evil spirits and dragons.
-2012 is the year of the dragon (Chinese Zodiac)
-On the 7th day of the New Year, people turn one year older.
-Chinese New Year starts with a full moon.
-Chinese New Year usually lasts for 15 days.
-Older family members give younger family members red envelopes filled with money.
-"Xin Nian Kuai Le" means Happy New Year, in Chinese.
-The lantern festival is on the 15th day of Chinese New Year.
-Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as the Spring Festival.
-It is said to be bad luck to wear black or white during Chinese New Year. Red on the other hand, is good luck.
-The colours red and yellow are seen everywhere. They are found on lanterns, costumes, and clothing.
-It is believed that a complete house cleaning is needed in order to start the year fresh, without bed luck. This ensures good fortune for the upcoming year.
-Xiao-Sui is the practice of staying up until midnight as a family to greet the New Year.
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