Happy Chinese New Year!


The Chinese New Year was celebrated this Monday, with millions of people in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma ringing in this auspicious occasion by stringing red lanterns around their houses and letting off firecrackers to ward off evil spirits.

Due to the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is celebrated much later than in Europe, and occurs on different days in different years. The years also rotate through the Chinese zodiac, and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, considered the luckiest sign of all. Dragon years are always successful, full of good things for work, love and family.

The Chinese New Year is the perfect opportunity to explore different cultures with your students. This website (http://www.theholidayspot.com/chinese_new_year/) explains the history, traditions and structure of this Asian holiday, with quizzes and pictures perfect for younger students.

Onestopenglish also has extensive activities built around the Chinese New Year, especially this Webquest: (http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/festivals/festivals-webquests/festival-webquests-chinese-new-year/145567.article). You can also do a search to find other resources to supplement this project, such as the European New Year Webquest to compare and contrast the two occasions (http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/festivals/festivals-webquests/festival-webquests-new-year/145572.article)


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