The Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is mainly celebrated in north-eastern Asia. It is also celebrated by Chinese people around the world. It falls on the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which falls between the twenty-first of January to the nineteenth of February. It is also known as the Spring Festival as it marks the beginning of Spring.
To prepare for the New Year people clean their houses and gardens, to sweep away the bad fortunes of the previous year. Debts are paid off and any unfinished work is completed before the New Year. Houses are decorated in red to scare off evil spirits.
On New Years Eve families gather together to have a feast. They stay up until midnight setting off fireworks to scare away any unwanted spirits.
On New Year’s Day children wake up to find red envelopes filled with money and sweets under their pillow. Any money given on Chinese New Year should be given in even numbers as odd numbers and the number four are considered unlucky. People dress up in brand new clothes, go down to the temple to worship the gods and have a banquet.
On the fifth day dumplings are eaten for good luck. On day thirteen everyone is vegetarian. On day fourteen people rest and prepare for the Lantern Festival. The fifteenth day is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration. There are parades and fireworks. Riddles are hung from lanterns and if you get the right answer to a riddle the owner of the lantern must give you a prize. This day is known as the Lantern Festival.
This year is the year of the dog. There are twelve animals and there is an animal for each year. The animals are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The dragon is considered good luck.
We studied Chinese New Year and we made a dragon inspired by Chinese New Year. We named him Marty!
By Cillian C, Cara, Adam and Emily