Tag Archives: Chinese New Year

Behind the Scenes at Our Visit to NYC’s MOCA with Tristin and Tyler

We had a blast during our visit to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) with 8 year old twins Tristin and Tyler of the “Tristin & Tyler’s Tales of the City” show!  We talked about Chinese New Year, why we love … Continue reading

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in stamps

Last month the US Postal Service  commemorated the Year of the Rabbit with its own stamp! It’s the first Forever stamp in their Celebrating Lunar New Year series. It is the fourth of 12 designs in the series, which began … Continue reading

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Traditional foods of Chinese New Year

Many traditions of the Chinese New Year season, or Spring Festival, revolve around cooking and eating particular foods. Elaborate dinners are prepared with the following symbolic foods: Pork brings wealth. Sweet-and-sour fish  and chicken (both whole) signify surplus. Fried rice … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year learning activities for kids

Are you searching for Chinese New Year ideas for teaching your classroom or kids about the festive holiday and its traditions? Here are some activities and books: To print a lucky money envelope to fold, click here. To print a … Continue reading

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Giving hong bao on Chinese New Year

As a child, didn’t you love receiving those little red packets filled with lucky money at the new year? Traditionally, married adults and family elders give these hong bao to children and unmarried young people. Make sure the amount given is an … Continue reading

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How to make jiao zi, Chinese dumplings

It’s the traditional custom to eat dumplings, jiao zi, at midnight before Chinese New Year’s day. Their crescent shape, similar to ancient money, is meant to bring in prosperity. Some cooks will hide a clean coin in one for the most … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Rabbit

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, or Hare, ( 兔 ) the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Sheng Xiao, or Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the Rabbit are said to take on that … Continue reading

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: Traditions

What is your favorite part of Chinese New Year? Maybe it’s the spark of firecrackers chasing demons away on the eve of the new year. Or lighting lanterns, yuan xiao, on the night of the full moon, marking the end … Continue reading

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Kid Lit: books about Chinese New Year

If you’re a teacher or parent who wants to share the magic of Chinese New Year through literature, consider reading these delightful illustrated books. Click on any selection below for further description or purchase. Sam and the Lucky Money by … Continue reading

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