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Celebrating Chinese New Year

2nd Grade students celebrate Chinese New Year

Mrs. McEwen’s class began celebrating Chinese New Year on January 24th. The Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in China. It is also called the Spring Festival because it marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter in the Chinese calendar.
The New Year celebration in China started on January 23rd with the New Moon. Mrs. McEwen’s class celebrated on the 24th because students were out of school on the 23rd. The Chinese have parades with colorful costumes and large dragon puppets. The celebration ends 15 days later with the full moon. A lantern ceremony is the culminating activity.
This year is the year of the dragon. Students created colorful dragons to signify this year’s Chinese Zodiac sign. Children learned that “Gung hay fat choy” means “May you become prosperous.” Students arrived at school to find red envelopes with money inside and tangerines on their desks. These gifts are considered lucky.

Written by: Marty McEwen
Posted: Feb 16, 2012 by Kerri Edwards

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