My First Chinese New Year by Karen KatzBrief Review
This fictional story is told by a young girl experiencing her first Chinese New Year. She describes the different traditions and celebrations associated with this event. The illustrations are bright and colorful. I think this is a good choice for introducing youngsters to a different culture.
I could use this as a read-aloud book in a literacy class. The fun, colorful, book would make a great introduction to another cultures holiday. In an art class we could go crazy with this book. After reading it, we could make lanterns, or dragons, or some sort of project that uses the bright colors and designs associated with traditional Chinese culture.
Are there any traditions described in the book that are similar to American traditions? Many of us get new clothes around the new year, many families get together and share big meals around the holidays, we also celebrate the holidays with parades.
What are some traditions described in the book that are specific to the Chinese New Year? Sweeping away bad luck, cutting quince and plum blossoms, eating tangerines and oranges for prosperity and good luck.
I wonder how many Chinese americans celebrate the Chinese new year.
I wonder if young children get frightened by the parade dragon.
Chinese New Year family traditions
201 Free images of Chinese New Year
The last of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the pig is thought of as easygoing and fortunate. In the larger Chinese astrological cycle, this year is also associated with the element of earth, which makes the Year of the Earth Pig, exemplified by the traits of sociability, kindness, and thoughtfulness. People around the world ushered in the new year with displays of fireworks, family get-togethers, temple visits, and street festivals. Collected here are images from several countries where revelers have been welcoming the arrival of the earth pig. A tour guide wearing a pig hat sends new-year greetings to tourists at the Yangzhou Slender West Lake scenic area in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China, on February 1, People burn incense sticks as they pray for good luck at the Grand Buddha Temple on February 4, , in Chongqing, China.
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Associated Press Associated Press. A giant panda cub plays with a stuffed toy pig during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of Pig, at Shenshuping panda base in Wolong, Sichuan province, China on January 31, China Daily via Reuters. Families gathered at home for multigenerational banquets. Companies, shops and government offices closed for official holidays that ranged from two days in South Korea to a week in China. The elderly also hope the government will take better care of them. An actor portraying an emperor bowed before an altar as dozens of people in ceremonial dress behind him.