Happy New Year…again!

Even though we rang in the new year a few weeks ago, it’s a good time to explore another culture and celebrate Chinese New Year!

I am not fond of rats in general, but they are the Chinese Zodiac symbol for the upcoming year, which starts on January 25th. According to the China Highlights website, “Rats are quick-witted, resourceful, and smart but lack courage. With rich imaginations and sharp observations, they can take advantage of various opportunities well. In Chinese culture, rats represent working diligently and thriftiness, so people born in a Rat year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous.”

Play the video on the China Highlights page above to learn about the Rat

Several other websites offer information about Chinese New Year. Each explanation is basically the same but presented a little differently. You can check them out below:

Travel China
Kid’s World Travel Guide

We can always help you find books in the library. Here is a sampling of what we have available:

The book Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats by Nina Simonds is a great resource to find out more about the Chinese New Year and other festivals. It presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating Chinese festivals.

Happy Chinese New Year to you, or translated…” wishing you great happiness and prosperity”.

National Geographic