Happy Lunar New Year!


Xin Nian Kuai Le

This means “Happy New Year” in Chinese Mandarin, one of the main languages spoken in the People’s Republic of China.

Chinese New Year will begin on 14 February 2010 which marks the start of the Year of the Tiger. The year will be 4708 on the Chinese Calendar. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.

As the Chinese use the Lunar calendar for their festivals the date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The date corresponds to the new moon (black moon) in either late January or February. Traditionally celebrations last for fifteen days, ending on the date of the full moon. In China the public holiday lasts for three days and this is the biggest celebration of the year.” from topmark.uk

The Dragon Dance 舞龙 wǔ lóng is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. In the dance, a team of people carry the dragon on poles. A dragon can be composed of up to 50 people. The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. from Wikipedia.com

Here is a Dragon Dance performance Mr. McKillip recorded while living in Shanghai, China.

The boy and girl Chinese New Year posters at the top (and many other CNY teaching resources) can be downloaded from Activity Village onliine.


One Response to Happy Lunar New Year!

  1. Sarah Toa says:

    Dear Mr. McKillip

    Thanks for the great post on Chinese New Year. I am living in Shanghai and we have just begun our break. It’s very cold. There have been a few fireworks already but we are waiting for Saturday night for it to be really loud.

    We enjoy following your blog and have put you on our blogroll. It looks like you are a great learning community.

    Xin Nian Kuai Le

    Mrs. Toa and Team Toa

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