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When Is Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year  is on February 08 this year, and celebration usually lasts for 3 days. This year the DC parade and festival will take place on Sunday, February 14th (2pm to 4pm) on H St NW between 6th and 9th Streets

 

 It is customary to wear something red, as it is considered to be of good luck throughout the whole year. xin nian kuai ler (Happy New Year.)

 

Jonathan Jou

Chinese Language Teacher

DC Public Schools

 

 

Events around Washington DC

NBC Washington reports that there are seven very special events taking place in the District of Columbia to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For detailed information, go to the NBC website

 

Chinese New Year Foods

According to Chow.com, these foods are considered lucky to eat during the New Year's celebrations. For a complete description of the foods and why they bring luck, read the complete article, here.

1. Tangerines and Oranges.

2. Long Noodles.

3. The Tray of Togetherness.

4. Nian Gao.

5. Pomelo.

6. Jai.

7. Long Leafy Greens and Long Beans.

8. Whole Fish.

9. Sweets.

10. Yuanbao (Jiaozi).

 

New Year's Dragon

SOURCE: Schooltube.com

 

New Year Parade

 

 

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Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. Find the year you were born to determine your own sign.

SOURCE: Chinatoday.com

 Born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044...

MICE: You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist.

Born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045...

BUFFALO: A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Buffalo would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser.

 Born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046...

TIGER: You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Your sign shows you would be excellent as a boss, explorer, race car driver, or matador.

Born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035, 2047...

RABBIT: You are the kind of person, that people like to be around affectionate, obliging, always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor.
Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048... DRAGON: Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.

Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049...

SNAKE: Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist, and fortune teller.
Born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050... HORSE: Your capacity for hard work is amazing. Your are your own person-very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Your sign suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician.
Born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051... GOAT: Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Goat can be charming company. Your are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.
Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052... MONKEY: You are a vary intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.

Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053...

ROOSTER: The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making often speaking his mind. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveler.
Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054... DOG: The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however. You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher, or secret agent.
Born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043, 2055... PIG: You are a splendid companion, an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. You are sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are incredibly naive. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall. The Pig would be best in the arts as an entertainer, or possible a lawyer.

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Lucky Sayings

年年高 (nyen-nyen gaoww): Getting higher year by year, can imply children's height, business, study, work, etc


招财进宝 (/jaoww-tseye jnn-baoww/): Bringing in wealth and treasure — felicitous wish of making money; amass fortunes

 

Superstitions

In America, many people perform superstitious rituals in hope of ensuring prosperity in the New Year. The Chinese are no different.

 On the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, every door in the house, and even windows, have to be open to allow the old year to go out.

While many Chinese people (and Americans as well) today may not believe in these traditions/customs, they are kept because most families realize that it is these very traditions, whether believed or not, that provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.

Visit this page to learn more about the superstitions related to the Chinese New Year.

 

In Our Collection

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