Happy Lunar New Year! This week, our children explored the traditions of celebrating Lunar New Year by watching videos, reading books, and sharing with family stories with discussion. We learned that Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors, and it has also become a time to feast and to visit family members. Our children were engaged in the discussion of visiting family members and it became their favorite parts of Lunar New Year because they received many red envelopes from relatives.
Making Chinese New Year greetings, or Bai Nian in Chinese, is an important custom during the Spring Festival. During the Spring Festival, people will go visit their friends and relatives to give their New Year greetings. It is believed that the earlier one gives his/her greetings, the more sincere he/she is.
Our children loved writing the Chinese New Year couplets or chun lian in Chinese. They are red colored strips usually with black or golden Calligraphy Chinese characterswritten on them. Red colored dominated means luck and gold characters show wealth.
Wishing everyone the best in the year of Tiger and Happy Lunar New Year! We will continue learning different traditions of Chinese New Year next week.