Chinese New Year 2014
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  • 1. Chinese New Year
  • 2. Where is China?
  • 3. Chinese New Year • Friday, January 31 • “Lunar New Year,” or the “Spring Festival” – (春節 in Chinese). • Besides China, it is celebrated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Tibet, Macau, Malaysia, Phili ppines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • 4. Each Chinese year has an animal symbol. It is said that a person is like the animal that represents the year they were born .
  • 5. Which year were you born in?
  • 6. This year…
  • 7. New Year Traditions • The Chinese believe that as they enter a new year, they should put behind them all things of the past. – They clean their house – Get new clothes – Get haircuts
  • 8. Colors • Red and Gold are very important colors to the Chinese New Year • Red: means power and happiness • Gold: means health and good fortune
  • 9. Gifts! • Many people exchange gifts during the Chinese New Year • A popular gift is small red envelopes filled with money. This money is supposed to be good luck.
  • 10. The dragon The dragon is another popular symbol for Chinese New Year. It means strength, goodness, and good luck.
  • 11. Parade • Every year there is a parade and a few special dances. • This is the dance from Chinese New Year in Singapore. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQKmjp_o-Es
  • 12. Food! Mandarin Oranges symbolize good luck
  • 13. Food! A whole fish represents “bounty”, or having enough food in the New Year
  • 14. Food! “Tray of Prosperity” candied melon (growth and good health), red melon seeds (joy, happiness, truth) lychee nuts (close family ties) kumquats (wealth) coconut (togetherness) peanuts (long life) lotus seeds (many children)
  • 15. • Here are some photos that Ms. L took last year during the Chinese New Year Parade in New York City • If you want to see the parade this year, it is this Sunday, February 2.
  • 16. Dragons
  • 17. Dragons
  • 18. Dragons
  • 19. Dragons
  • 20. Even MORE dragons
  • 21. People from the community
  • 22. Chinese-American Council
  • 23. Musicians
  • 24. Chinese Art and Calligraphy Club
  • 25. Calligraphy
  • 26. Calligraphy
  • 27. New Year’s Around the World • http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/cultu re/newyears/
  • 28. The End!