Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reading Time: Chinese New Year

Let's get ready for the Chinese New Year! This year is the year of the DRAGON and the Chinese New Year is on January 23rd. Dragon year only comes once every twelve years so it is very special. Dragon means power, wealth, and good fortune for Chinese. Do you know the ancient Chinese emperors wore lóng páo 龍袍, Dragon robe?

Chinese New Year is my favorite Chinese celebration and there are many interesting traditions about it. Do you know the Chinese families start preparing for the arrival of Chinese New Year on the 23rd day of December on the lunar calendar? The traditional celebration goes from the 1st day of the New Year to the 15th day. The Lantern Festival marks the completion of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Let's have fun reading about the Chinese New Year and get ready for the year of the Dragon!

This is Miss Panda's monthly book selection and each image of the book is linked directly to Amazon. I am able to find most of the books listed here in the library as well.

Bring In the New Year
by Grace Lin

Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan!
Simon Spotlight

Happy New Year! / Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'ai!

The Dancing Dragon
by Marcia K. Vaughan

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes

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