On Monday, January 23, my family will celebrate the start of Year of the Dragon. This year is a particularly important year because of the significance of the dragon to Chinese culture. The dragon characterizes ambition, dominance, success, and is the mightiest of all 12 of the creatures that comprise the Chinese Zodiac.
Print the story of the Chinese Zodiac to share with your family. Since each year is represented by one of 12 animals, use this Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator to figure out which animals you are. I like the calculator because it takes into account your actual day of birth in figuring out which animal you are. Many calendars like those you see on placemats at Chinese restaurants follow the western calendar that begins on January 1. They don’t take into account that those with January birthdays (like Little Miss Techie) might fall under a different sign since Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. I also like that this site will give you a link so you can read and print the character traits for your animal sign. Did that make any sense?
|Hanging lanterns in red and gold symbolize good luck|
|Ward off evils spirits with your own dragon|
Beginning readers will enjoy making a mini book of words associated with Chinese New Year. Also be sure to read any of the following picture books together to learn more about Chinese New Year customs and the Chinese culture:
- Celebrating Chinese New Year
- Dragon Dance
- The Dancing Dragon
- Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time)
- The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale
- Sam and the Lucky Money
- Bringing in the New Year
- My First Chinese New Year
- Fortune Cookie Fortunes
- Yum Yum Dim Sum
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