Sharing Another Family Tradition
Did you know that on Friday, many people will celebrate Chinese New Year?
Michael's mom, Diana, joined us today to tell us a little more about this special holiday that Michael and his family celebrate together.
Diana told us that Chinese New Year is based on the cycles of the moon (Lunar New Year).
On the Chinese calendar, each year is represented by a symbol. The symbols are animals! Currently, it is the year of the rat. On Friday, the new year will be the year of the cow/ox.
Diana also shared with the children that they too have their own Chinese zodiac symbol based on the year they were born. If they were born in 2017, like Michael, they are the year of the rooster! If they were born in 2018, they are the year of the dog.
What do Michael and his family do to celebrate the New Year?
She then went on to share that on Chinese New Year's Eve, their family will have dinner together and eat special foods that bring them good luck, long life, and happiness.
Diana even taught us how to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese!
(pronounced shin nee-an kwai le)
Children were fascinated by both Lion and Dragon dancing as part of the new year celebration!
We watched the following video together of a beautiful Lion Dance
Children enjoyed using their fans to play along to the beat of the music.
After we said goodbye to Ms. Diana, we offered an additional new year themed activity to anyone interested in -
making Chinese lanterns!
This was such a fun opportunity to practice a lot of patience and cutting skills.
Look at our beautiful lanterns now hanging up in our classroom!
Thank you, Diana and Michael, for teaching us so much about this exciting holiday and your family traditions.