PTO-How Do You Celebrate the Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year
As we prepare for Lunar New Year, we thought it would be fun to share some of our families favorite traditions!
Getting ready for Chinese New Year
To get ready to welcome in the new year and bring luck, we like to:
- Get a haircut (even a little trim counts!)
- Get new clothes and shoes (wear your new Red Qipao 旗袍 or Changsan 长衫 to LNY festival! )
- Clean up and clean out your house - sweep away any bad luck along with that dust.
Chasing away the new year demon!
This is the most fun for our children! The story goes that in olden days the demon Nian 年, would come out from his cave on New Year’s Day to eat all the food stores and any children outdoors. People learned that they could scare Nian away by hanging red banners, disguising themselves with masks, making loud noises (with firecrackers (a.k.a. jumping on bubble wrap in the ‘firecracker dance’) and drums), and carrying special lanterns.
Lunar New Year is definitely about spending time with family and friends sharing a good meal. Foods we particularly love to eat include:
1) Rice (米饭; mǐfàn) - Fertility, luck, wealth, link between Heaven (Gods) and Earth (Men)
2) Noodles ( 面条; miàntiáo) Uncut - Long life
3) Three Winter Plate
To Include: 1. Snowpeas ( 荷兰豆; hélándòu) - Unity 2. Bamboo shoots ( 竹笋尖; zhú sǔn jiān) - New start 3. Shitake (冬菇; dōnggū) -longevity, sizing opportunities
4) Fish (whole) - ( 鱼 yú) - Surplus of prosperity
5) Fish ball ( 鱼蛋; yúdàn) - Reunion (Round)
6) Prawn ( 大虾; dàxiā) - Liveliness
7) Chicken (whole) (鸡肉; jīròu) - Completeness & joy
8) Dumplings (饺子； jiǎozi) - Wealth
9) Turnip Cake (no pork) ( 萝卜糕; luó bo gāo) - Good omen
10) Sweet Sticky Cake (年糕; nián'gāo)年年高升) - Advancemet & prosperity
11) Red Bean Soup ( 红豆汤；Hong dou tang) - Sweet union
12) Gluten Balls ( 汤圆；tāng yuán) Togetherness, reunion
13) Custard Egg(蛋挞 ； dàn tǎ) - fertility
14) Fruit Platter:
Tangerine (橘; jú) - luck
Grapes (葡萄； pútaó) - fertility
Pineapple (凤梨; fènglí) - wealth
Peach (桃; táo) - immortality
Pomelo (柚子; yòuzi) - abundance
Apples (苹果; píngguǒ) - wisdom, peace
恭喜恭喜 （gong xi gong xi; Congratulations)
Nice translation and pinyin at https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=3697
新年好 （Xin Nian hao; Happy New Year)
Nice translation and pinyin at https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=5382
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
Celebrating the Chinese New Year by Sanmu Tang