2Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is also known as The Spring Festival because it takes place on the first day of Spring based Lunar Calendar.The Lunar New Year because the day occurs on the ‘first new moon.’Celebrated over many centuries, it is strongly connected to many myths and traditions.Chinese New Year celebrations are held around the world.
3Chinese Zodiacs Each year the Chinese Lunar Calendar is represented by an animal.There are 12 animals in total.People’s traits and characteristics are tied to the animals represented by their birth year.
4Year of the HorseThis year is the Year of the Horse. Personality: energetic, active, cunning and has positive outlook on life. Lucky Colors: green, red, Purple. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9.
5The Story of NianChinese mythology says that Nian was a ugly and very strong monster who lived in the mountains.On the 15th day of every month, Nian would attack leave the mountain and attack the village below.One day, a wise man came to help the villagers. Together, they came up with a plan to scare Nian
6When Nian came down to terrorize the village, the villagers made loud noises by banging on drums, set off firecrackers, dressing up as lions and the color red was displayed everywhere. All these tactics worked and Nian retreated back to the mountain.
7The story of Nian has influenced many Chinese New Year traditions. Red objects are hung on windows and doorsWearing red clothesBeating of drums and gongsLighting of firecrackersCeremonial lion dances
8The Lion DanceLion dance occurs during the first few days of the New Year.Performed to chase away evil spirits, ghosts and monsters like Nian.
9The performance combines dance and martial arts. Usually performed by 2 people.Accompanied with loud music (drummers and gongs) and firecrackers.
1015 Day CelebrationChinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days. Some of the traditions include:Fireworks to welcomethe New Year.Wearing new clothing.Visiting friends & families.Hosting elaborate dinners.Children receive red envelopes with money inside.
11Certain foods are eaten for different reasons Tangerines brings wealth and luckDumplings bring luck and togethernessLong noodles brings long lifePomelo brings prosperityLong leafy greens and bean wishes parentsa long life
12The Lantern FestivalThe Lantern festival is on the last day of celebrations.