Chinese New Year 2009
The Year of the Ox
Chinese New Year 2009 falls onJanuary 26th.
Chinese New year, or Yuan Tan, was once an agricultural festival marking the beginning of spring. Chinese communities around the world celebrate this 3 day festival with a variety of customs. The purpose of these is to avert bad luck and bring prosperity. So families clean their houses to get rid of lingering ill-fortune, let off fire crackers to drive away ghosts and evil spirits, and give presents of money wrapped up in auspicious red paper.
The Chinese zodiac and the Chinese New Year Story
The Chinese calendar follows a 12 year lunar cycle. Each year is named after an animal.
An attractively illustrated version of the Chinese New Year story can be read online at the topmarks website.
The Portsmouth EMAS website has an excellent range of resources and activities to download for Chinese New Year, including posters of the Chinese zodiac, animal masks, how to make a Chinese lantern, a toy dragon and much more.
Make your own Chinese Good Luck banners, or Hui Chun, at the Hong Kong Tourist website.
These sites have useful comprehensive lists of links, and activities:
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