By Judith Jango-Cohen
Chinese language New 12 months
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Extra info for Chinese New Year (On My Own Holidays)
Families offer food to the spirits of the relatives. This food is later eaten by the family. Bowls of oranges and red apples are also set out. The red is for happiness. Oranges are a symbol of wealth and good fortune. 29 After the meal, everyone nibbles on candies and fruit. Grown-ups tell stories. ” Children laugh and listen. They learn about the family before they were born. Everyone stays up to say good-bye to the old year. Little ones struggle against yawns and drooping eyelids. They do not want to miss the midnight excitement.
42 Store owners set off strings of red firecrackers. The smoky explosions are meant to chase off evil spirits. This brings shopkeepers good luck in the coming year. Lions are not the only animals that dance during Chinese New Year. Slithery dragons swerve and weave through the streets. First the dragon’s head appears, with glowing eyes and glinting teeth. Next comes its back, with slinky stripes and shiny scales. 44 Where is the dragon’s tail? In the San Francisco parade, it ends more than 200 feet behind the head.
Every New Year’s Eve, it raged through villages. 32 It plucked up people and gulped them down. Then villagers discovered that loud sounds terrified the monster. Since then, earsplitting noise has been a custom of Chinese New Year. 33 A quiet ceremony takes place before bedtime. People welcome back the Kitchen God. He has returned from his visit with the Jade Emperor. People place food on his altar. They say prayers in his honor. Then, after the feast, fireworks, and prayers, it is finally time for sleep.
Chinese New Year (On My Own Holidays) by Judith Jango-Cohen