FC: Chinese New Year Celebration
1: Every year those of Chinese descent celebrate the Chinese New Year. It is a time for those to celebrate their ancestors, families and the new year to come. There are many rituals, traditions, and activities that take place during this fifteen day celebration.
2: Food is a big part of the Chinese New Year celebration. Some of the more common foods that are eaten during this time are Chinese dumplings, spring rolls, and rice cakes.
3: Mostly bright red clothing pieces are worn. Many believe that the color red will scare away any evil spirits among them. | Another tradition is to wear beautiful head pieces that represent the Chinese culture.
4: The Dragon Dance is a common ritual that takes place during the Chinese New Year and many other Chinese festivals. The Dragon is a very respected symbol among the Chinese and they believe that the Dragon will prevent illness and cure illnesses and is a symbol of good luck and protection. Those who perform this ceremony train very hard to make their dragon appear real.
5: Here are a few flowers and plants that are used for decoration during the Chinese New Year. The Narcissus flower which is at the top represents prosperity. The Sunflower represents to have a good year, and the eggplant pictured below is thought to heal sicknesses. Bamboo is used frequently throughout the year.
6: Many use this time to take a family portrait of everyone dressed up.
7: What is known as the red envelope exchange usually takes place during the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Money is placed into these packets and given to family members. The money must be in an even number because an odd number would mean that it was for a funeral.
8: Fireworks light up the sky during the Chinese New Year. At one point they believed that the loud noises and bright lights would scare away evil spirits, but now they mostly just set them off for fun!
9: Lanterns fill the sky on the last evening of the Chinese New Year Celebration. These lanterns symbolize the ending to the celebration but also a beginning of a new year.
10: Different countries and cultures celebrate in different ways and at different times of the year but they all have value and significance. The Chinese New Year Celebration is just one of many, but its unique customs make it stand out.
11: Vocabulary Descent: Ancestral lineage Ritual: An established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other right. Common: Belonging equally to. Tradition: The handing down of beliefs, and customs from generation to generation. Prosperity: A successful flourishing condition.
12: Resources www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-food/chinese-new-year-food.htm www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/lantern-festival.htm www.wikepedia/org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year#Clothing www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_dance http://blog.asburningfire.org/2012/02/happy-chinese-new-year.html www.dictionary.reference.com