Chinese New Year

We are right in the middle of the 15-day Chinese New Year season.  Gong Xi Fa Choy!  

This time around I have learned a lot about the holiday from the books I have been reading Ellis (thanks in part to Reading Rainbow!)  Here are a few fun facts about Chinese New Year:

Long noodles symbolize long life.  Especially if the noodles can be slurped whole!

Fireworks, lion dances, lantern lights, and kite flying are to scare away evil spirits.  

The house is swept before the new year to sweep out the bad luck.  Avoid sweeping or taking out the garbage on New Years Day, which would sweep the good luck away.  People also wash their cars and take baths to get rid of the bad luck so that the good luck will stick to them.  Washing your hair on New Years Day will wash away the good luck!  The Chinese word for "four" sounds like the word for "death", so that's to be avoided, but the number eight is auspicious.  

The Chinese wear new clothes on the new year so that the evil spirits won't recognize them.  

The more I learn about it, the more I treasure the freedom Christ brought for us.  There's no rules to follow, no numbers or brooms to avoid, and no fear.  

Below is a video of the lion dance that our condo had this weekend.  Part of the ritual is that the lion searches for a head of lettuce (which I don't know the significance of) and a red envelope full of money, which you can see it reaching and grabbing with its mouth in the video.   Ellis was expecting the lion to throw out candy like it is often known to do, but it only threw out lettuce and tangerines instead.  I think that was the first and last time I will ever see Ellis running for lettuce.  Link to the video here.

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